Today’s quick hits, Aug. 22, 2023

Conservatives target farm programs: The annual USDA-FDA funding bill was sidelined in the House as conservatives demand steep cuts in agricultural programs as well as SNAP, sources said, another signal of heavy going for the farm bill. (Politico)

Ukraine grain by sea: After a successful test of a “humanitarian corridor” hugging the Black Sea’s west coast, Ukraine is considering whether the route can be used to restore grain shipments from high-volume ports such as Odesa. (Reuters)

Hearings examine carbon pipeline: Summit Carbon Solutions’ proposal to build a carbon pipeline and use eminent domain power to cross private property faces review by the Iowa Utility Board. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

California faces methane conundrum: California’s goal of reducing methane emissions from dairy and livestock by 40 percent could be hampered by a lack of data on individual farms. (Inside Climate News)

French fry boom town: Water shortages could threaten the position of Othello, in semi-arid central Washington state, as the world’s largest producer of frozen french fries, hash brown, and tater tots. (Washington Post)