Today’s quick hits, January 22, 2019

Brazil expands its beef footprint in U.S. (New Food Economy): The fourth-largest beef company in the U.S., National Beef, is now mostly owned by the Brazilian meatpacking giant Marfrig Global Foods.

Iowans care about climate (Public News Service): A poll from the Center for Rural Affairs found that 91 percent of rural Iowans are “very” or “extremely” concerned about the threat of climate change and want presidential candidates to pledge action on the issue.

U.S.-China deal ‘even more unrealistic’ (PIIE): The “phase one” targets for Chinese purchases of US goods and services are “even more unrealistic than first believed,” says analyst Chad Brown.

Two years late on rural broadband (ProPublica): Gov. Andy Beshear must decide in coming months on the direction of KentuckyWired, the project that was supposed to bring high-speed internet service and economic development to rural areas but which is two years behind schedule.