Today’s quick hits, Aug. 16, 2021

Block Mexican ships: In a biennial report to Congress, NOAA identified 31 nations and entities involved in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, and said Mexican fishing vessels will be barred from U.S. ports because of continued “pirate” fishing. (NOAA)

Carbon-neutral cattle: The largest U.S. cattle producers group announced sustainability goals that included demonstration of carbon-neutral cattle production by 2040 and improved producer profitability by 2025. (NCBA)

Doubts about digesters: In dairy-dominated Tulare County in California’s Central Valley, community activists say there’s no evidence that manure digesters, touted as an efficient way to handle agricultural emissions, provide environmental benefits to residents. (InsideClimate News)

Brazil wheat record: Growers will harvest a record 7.7 million tonnes of wheat in Brazil in the 2021/22 marketing year, up 23 percent from last year, which will allow larger exports of the grain even though Brazil remains a net importer of wheat. (USDA)