Today’s Quick Hits, April 29, 2019

Wisconsin dairy industry faces ‘extinction’ (New York Times):  The state’s total number of dairy herds is below 8,000, half of what it was 15 years ago.

Trump, Abe clash over ag, auto tariffs ahead of talks (Bloomberg): Trump called Japan’s ag tariff’s “unfair,” and Abe disputed Trump’s claim that the U.S. doesn’t punish Japanese auto exports.

Farm equipment sales plummet (Bloomberg): Sales of agriculture equipment plunged at an annual rate of $900 million in the first quarter, with farmers cautious on spending in the face of the continuing trade war.

A surprising way to reduce farm pollution (Mother Jones): A new study points to a surprising way to cut runoff from farms that fouls waterways and the Gulf of Mexico — put poorly performing acres in fallow and focus on the those fields that produce the most.