Today’s quick hits, Feb. 5, 2021

Food prices soar: Global food prices rose for the eighth month in a row, due to higher grain, sugar and vegetable oil prices in January, and the Food Price Index is at its highest level since July 2014. (Food and Agriculture Organization)

High-flying wings: Chicken wing “prices have been flying high” during the pandemic, and now there’s a scramble among restaurants and food service companies to stock up for Super Bowl Sunday. (Washington Post)

Much greater risk: Workers on livestock farms and large animal veterinarians are at a much higher risk than the general public — 15 times higher on hog farms — of picking up antibiotic-resistant bacteria, says a Michigan State University researcher. (Wisconsin State Farmer)

Klobuchar antitrust bill: Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, proposed an overhaul of U.S. antitrust laws that would limit market-dominating mergers as a way to “replenish competition and push for more startups.” (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Cover crop tool: An updated version of the “cover crop decision support tool” released last October simulates the decomposition of a terminated cover crop to help farmers decide whether to plant cereal rye during the fallow season. (farmdoc Daily)