Today’s quick hits, July 12, 2019

Farms seek new ways to stay afloat (Vox): As farmers struggle to make ends meet, some are turning to agritourism, renting space on their farms through websites like Airbnb and VRBO.

Ticks invading North Carolina (Charlotte Observer): Asian longhorn ticks, first found in the United States in 2017, have killed five cows on one North Carolina farm, including one animal that had more than 1,000 ticks on it.

Got ‘flora-based’ foods? (Quartz): A Silicon Valley food-tech company says its yeast-based proteins duplicate the taste and functionality of milk proteins and will enable foodmakers to produce what it calls “flora-based” dairy products, including ice cream, cheese, butter, and milk.

Wall Street banks want out of ag (Reuters): With farm income in a rut and the Sino-U.S. trade war putting a damper on ag exports, the Wall Street banks that expanded into agricultural lending during the commodity boom are scaling back their portfolios.