Today’s quick hits, February 6, 2020

Big Chinese buy of Brazilian beans (AgriCensus): Soy processors based in China purchased at least 1 million tonnes of soybeans from Brazil this week, taking advantage of harvest-time prices that are lower than U.S. soy prices, said four market sources.

BLM may end environmental reviews (Bloomberg Environment): The Bureau of Land Management may propose eliminating a current requirement to conduct environmental impact studies of its long-term plans for millions of acres of public lands.

Cargill snags Goop (Minneapolis Star Tribune): After discovering the disease-fighting capabilities of animal supplements made from fermented ingredients, agribusiness giant Cargill has dipped a toe into the consumer market for nutritional supplements, snagging Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand as a customer.

Rural hospitals ready for coronavirus (Daily Yonder): Healthcare leaders say rural hospitals are generally prepared to deal with an outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus even though they have fewer resources than city hospitals.

Arctic apple originator is sold (The Packer): Okanagan Specialty Fruit, the grower and marketer of the genetically modified Arctic apple, was sold to TS Biotechnology Holdings, an affiliate of a venture capital firm led by the CEO of Okanagan’s previous owner.