Today’s quick hits, Aug 18, 2020

Minneapolis Grain Exchange is sold: The 139-year-old Minneapolis Grain Exchange, the last independent grain exchange in the country, is being purchased by Miami International Holdings, an options exchange operator, which plans to add new futures products to the MGEX. (Reuters)

Utah mink have Covid-19: Mink at two farms in Utah have tested positive for Covid-19 — the first confirmed cases in the United States, said the USDA. There is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the coronavirus to humans. (APHIS)

USDA to survey Iowa damage: Because of last week’s derecho, which affected millions of acres of crops in Iowa, the USDA said it would survey how many acres of corn and soybeans will be harvested this fall in the state. If the new data justifies changes in the crop report, it said, they will appear in September. (USDA)

Judges say no to dicamba hearing: The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals denied a request from three chemical companies for a rehearing of its decision voiding EPA approval of the herbicide dicamba. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Call to update fertilizer safety rules: The Labor Department should update its safety rules to reduce the risk of explosions of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, as occurred in West, Texas, in 2013, and in Beirut on Aug. 4, said the chair and two members of the House Education and Labor Committee. (House Education)