Today’s quick hits, Aug. 17, 2021

Colorado River water shortage: Because of ongoing drought and low runoff in the Colorado River basin, releases from Glen Canyon Dam and Hoover Dam will be reduced in 2022, said the Bureau of Reclamation in its first declaration of a water shortage on the river. (Reclamation)

When to engage China?: Eight months into the Biden administration, U.S. business groups are beginning to ask if the United States will re-engage China on trade issues or whether Trump-era tariffs are here to stay. (Politico Weekly Trade)

GE seed for soy pest: A soybean variety genetically engineered by BASF Corp. to resist the soybean cyst nematode is unlikely to pose a plant pest risk, said USDA regulators in a draft environmental assessment. (Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service)

More smoke, less milk: Researchers at University of Idaho are studying the impact of smoke from wildfires on the health of dairy cattle and milk production. (High Country News)

Senators seek JBS probe: The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee asked Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to investigate whether the owners of JBS SA, the world’s largest meat processor, used proceeds from a bribery scheme to expand in the United States. (The Hill)