Today’s quick hits, Jan. 8, 2021

Trump climate cuts worse that thought: The Biden transition team says the Trump administration, through budget cuts, staff reductions, and efforts to expand oil drilling and logging, has done more damage to the government’s ability to act on climate change than they initially thought. (Scientific American)

Covid on rise in food system: Cases of Covid-19 continue to grow in the new year, and as of midday Thursday, some 80,000 food system workers had been infected by the coronavirus and at least 352 had died. (FERN)

Impossible Foods drops prices again: For the second time in a year, Impossible Foods, the maker of plant-based protein products, cut its prices by 15 percent for food service distributors, part of a longer campaign to achieve price parity with meat. (Food Dive)

Income nosedive at CHS: The nation’s largest agribusiness cooperative, CHS Inc., said that net income plunged to $69.7 million in the first quarter of its fiscal year, ended last Nov. 30, down from $177.9 million in the same period a year ago. (CHS)

Urban ag panel needs members: Nominations are due by March 5 for the government’s newly created 12-person advisory committee on urban agriculture that will support USDA efforts to encourage local food production in urban areas. (USDA)