Today’s quick hits, Aug. 3, 2021

Abalone farmer: For more than 30 years, Andrew Kim has run an abalone farm beneath a wharf on the California coast, managing a team of 10 farmers “who spend their days harvesting wild kelp to feed the abalone, pressure-washing cages and warding off ocean predators.” (Hakai Magazine)

‘Hot’ hemp? It’s genetic: Research by Cornell scientists points to genetics, rather than stress in the field, as the determinant of whether hemp plants will test “hot” at harvest with too much THC; research and plant breeding could reduce the risk. (

Retain biodiesel tariffs: The European Union decided to maintain tariffs through 2026, five additional years, on imports of U.S. biodiesel to avoid a potential flood of the fuel at artificially low prices, said the EU official journal. (Reuters)

More bee colonies: There were 2.92 million colonies of honey bees at the start of this year in a survey of operations with at least five colonies, an increase of 2 percent from Jan. 1, 2020 despite the large losses suffered each year by bee keepers. (USDA)

SNAP at college: Part-time college students would qualify for SNAP under legislation proposed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand to remove “work-for-food” barriers in the program. (Oswego County Today)