Today’s quick hits, April 12, 2022

Finkenauer off Iowa ballot: The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments on Wednesday as former Rep. Abby Finkenauer appeals a court ruling that knocked her off the June 7 ballot for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. (Cedar Rapids Gazette)

Improve school meals, WIC: In an essay, the dean of the Tufts school of nutrition and former agriculture secretary Dan Glickman call on Congress to enhance USDA’s child nutrition programs by strengthening nutrition standards, expanding participation in school meals, streamlining WIC, increasing access to fresh produce and boosting access to healthy food during the summer. (New England Journal of Medicine)

China buys lots of corn: Private exporters reported the sale of 1.02 million tonnes of U.S. corn for delivery to China, almost a repeat of the 1.08 million tonnes of corn sold to China one week earlier. (USDA)

More farmland worldwide: Oilseeds such as soybeans, sunflowers and peanuts account for 46 million of the 73-million-acre increase in harvested cropland worldwide since 2019. The 3.7 percent increase in cropland is part of an expansion that could eventually be consequential. (Agricultural Economic Insights)

First equipment sale decline: Farm tractor and combine sales in March showed the first monthly decline since last July, with inventories down by more than 10 percent as manufacturers faced supply chain disruptions. (Association of Equipment Manufacturers)