Today’s quick hits, Feb. 12, 2020

‘Fully supportive’ of tighter subsidy rules (FERN’s Ag Insider): Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who says farm subsidies should be directed toward family-size farms, said he is “fully supportive” of a Trump proposal to allow only one “manager” per farm to collect subsidies. Grassley sought the restriction in the 2018 farm bill as a way to help young and beginning farmers.

Court ruling buoys ethanol hopes (DTN/Progressive Farmer): A U.S. appellate court decision could force the EPA to end, at least in its current form, its system of exempting small-volume refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Meat means animal, say lawmakers (Capital News Service): A Republican-backed bill in the Maryland state Senate would bar cell-based meat or products made with plant or insect protein from being sold as “meat.”

Lowest palm oil stocks in a decade (USDA): High global demand will pull down global stocks of palm oil to the lowest level since 2009/10, aided by limited supplies in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Meat tax backed by Greens, socialists (Euractiv): Green Party and socialist members of the European Parliament called for a “sustainability charge” on meat to cover its environmental costs as part of the new EU food policy.