Today’s quick hits, Aug. 24, 2021

Online marketing: New e-commerce apps have allowed farmers to cope with the pandemic by selling their fruits and vegetables digitally rather than setting up stands at farmers markets. (The Verge)

Paraquat losing its punch: Ryegrass, which is one of the worst weeds in Australia and already tolerant of glyphosate, is developing resistance to the herbicide paraquat. (ABC Rural)

Beyond forest management: In an era of hotter, larger, and more frequent wildfires, ecologists in California say the focus should shift from forest management to “home hardening” and community protection, including making structures more resistant to fire and improving early warning and evacuation systems for towns. (Los Angeles Times)

Pest declines: Fewer invasive spotted lanternflies, a menace to trees and plants including grapevines, have been found in the Philadelphia region this summer, possibly because more birds and predatory insects are eating them. (Billy Penn)

No mask, no inspection: Starting Wednesday, USDA inspectors will work at meat plants in counties with “substantial” or “high” community transmission of Covid-19 only if the plants’ workers follow CDC guidance on mask wearing. (Food Safety and Inspection Service)