Today’s quick hits, Aug. 31, 2021

Ida hits Cargill: Hurricane Ida inflicted “significant damage” on a Cargill export elevator on the Mississippi River at Reserve, Louisiana, 30 miles northwest of New Orleans. (Reuters)

Immune from water cuts: Under California’s century-old water rights law, summarized as “first in time, first in right,” some of the oldest water districts in the state are relatively untouched by cuts in water allotments. (Los Angeles Times)

Raptors in peril: Birds of prey are declining in number worldwide, with 30 percent of 557 raptor species rated as near-threatened, vulnerable, endangered or critically endangered. (Associated Press)

Heirs’ property funding: Intermediary lenders, such as cooperatives and credit unions, can apply until Oct. 22 through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program for funding to resolve property title issues. (USDA)

First hemp survey: The USDA will conduct its first survey of industrial hemp farmers in October to gather information about planted and harvested acreage, yields per acre, production and value of the crop. (National Agricultural Statistics Service)