Today’s quick hits, July 16, 2020

Second big grain sale to China in two days: A day after the largest-ever purchase of U.S. corn by Chinese buyers, exporters reported the sale of 389,000 tonnes of soybeans and 132,000 tonnes of corn for delivery to China in the marketing year that begins Sept. 1. (USDA)

Foie gras, with caveats, in California: A federal judge said California’s foie gras ban doesn’t apply if the rich dish comes from out of state and is delivered by a third party. (Associated Press)

Missing the profit for the trees: Although agroforestry, which meshes trees and shrubs with crop and animal farming, is a climate-friendly and potentially profitable approach to agriculture, advocates concede there may be a long wait for revenue to begin flowing. (Mongabay)

Food banks get stealthy: Food banks are turning to underground distributions and WhatsApp postings to reach undocumented immigrants, a population hit hard by the coronavirus but wary of formal food assistance programs. (Food Bank News)

Pandemic aid for seed companies: Iowa seed companies owned in full or in part by billionaire Harry Stine were approved for loans worth at least $2.55 million under the coronavirus relief program to keep small businesses afloat. (Reuters)