Today’s quick hits, February 27, 2020

Goodbye to Bayer chair (Reuters): The chairman of Bayer announced he will step down as the company continues to face litigation alleging that its weedkiller Roundup causes cancer.

A dairy-beef connection (Washington Post): Milk drinking might be slowing among American consumers, but we are eating dairy products, including cheese, in increasingly higher quantities, which helps fuel the beef industry.

Expect 2,000 additional dicamba lawsuits (Brownfield Ag News): The St. Louis law firm that won a $265 million award for dicamba damages to a Missouri peach orchard says it expects more than 2,000 farmers to sue Bayer and BASF over crop losses they blame on the weedkiller.

Honey production in the time of coronavirus (Reuters): China is the world’s leading producer of honey, but its beekeepers face bleak times, restricted by coronavirus quarantines as the spring pollinating season arrives without them or their bees.

British farmers worry about U.S. imports (Guardian): Ahead of British-U.S. trade talks, British farm groups are looking to defend their nation’s food safety standards against a potential flood of lower-priced and lower-quality American foods.