Today’s quick hits, April 11, 2022

FDA ‘food failure’: The FDA oversees 80 percent of the U.S. food supply, but food “is simply not a high priority” at the agency, where drugs and medical products dominate its budget and the attention of its leaders. (Politico)

Drip irrigation for arid ag: Compared to flooding fields, drip irrigation in arid regions can dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from soil without reducing yields of forage crops, according to new research. (University of California)

Longer leases, more stewardship: Farmers are more likely to employ conservation practices such as cover crops or buffer strips on rented land if they have a long-term lease, meaning more than two years, say researchers; half of Midwest farmland is on short-term leases. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)