Today’s quick hits, Feb. 13, 2023

Ag exports victory lap: U.S. farm exports were a record $196 billion in calendar 2022. (USDA)

Teens in packing plants: Children as young as 14 would be allowed to work at certain jobs in meatpacking plants or industrial laundries in Iowa under a bill filed by state Sen. Jason Schultz, a Republican. (Washington Post)

‘Show us your science’: In a letter, the U.S. chief ag negotiator asked Mexico to provide by Tuesday scientific information justifying the country’s plan to ban imports of GMO corn and the herbicide that is used in combination with GMO seeds. (Reuters)

Fetterman as nutrition chair: First-term Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman is expected to chair the Senate Agriculture subcommittee on nutrition, succeeding New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. (Food Fix)

Midwest farmland sets record: Farmland values rose 12 percent during 2022 in the five states in the Chicago Federal Reserve district, boosting the average value to a record high. (Chicago Federal Reserve)