Today’s quick hits, April 28, 2021

Moffitt nominated for USDA: President Biden tabbed Jennifer Moffitt, a California state agriculture official who grew up on an organic walnut farm, to serve as agriculture undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, one of nine subcabinet posts at the USDA. (White House)

EPA deputy administrator: On a 52-42 roll call, senators confirmed Janet McCabe as EPA deputy administrator. She worked on EPA regulations during the Obama era to reduce carbon emissions by power plants. (Senate)

Klamath water dispute: The Interior Department, which slashed water deliveries to farmers for irrigation due to drought in the Pacific Northwest, says the Klamath Drainage District unlawfully diverted water to farmers and warned of legal action if it did not stop. (The Counter)

Ag journalist of the year: Bart Bfankuch and Nick Lowrey of South Dakota News Watch, a nonprofit news site, were the joint winners of the writer of the year award from the North American Agricultural Journalists for coverage of the impact of the pandemic on the agricultural industry. (NAAJ)

Nutrition aid record: USDA spending on public nutrition, from food stamps to school meals, skyrocketed by 30 percent to a record $122 billion last year in response to the pandemic. (Economic Research Service)