Today’s quick hits, Aug. 27, 2018

Cell-based meat could lower cost of kosher meat (Food Navigator): An official at a kosher certification agency says cell-based meat could lower the cost of kosher food because all of the meat could be used rather than a portion of an animal.

Feds want more say in California water (Sacramento Bee): The Interior Department wants to renegotiate the 1986 agreement that governs federal and state agencies in California and how they divide the water supply.

‘When you see me, cry’ (AP): Boulders known as “hunger stones,” which have age-old inscriptions that warn of hard times ahead, are reappearing in the Elbe River as drought in Europe reduces water flow.

Ag group recommends stricter dicamba rules (DTN/Progressive Farmer): The Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association suggested that EPA make four changes in its dicamba regulation going into the 2019 crop year, including June 30 as the cutoff date for spraying dicamba and banning application if sensitive crops border fields.

We’ll always hive Paris (New York Times): Urban beekeeping is on the rise in Paris, which has an estimated 1,000 hives across the city, producing a tiny part of France’s honey output.

Food lobbyists get a hearing at USDA (CNN): USDA emails show Big Food lobbyists “are working hand-in-glove” with USDA staff and making suggestions for speech material for Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue.

An August record for cattle on feed (USDA): There were 11.1 million head of cattle being fattened for slaughter in U.S. feedlots at the start of this month, up 5 percent from a year ago and the highest Aug. 1 total on record.