Today’s quick hits, July 6, 2023

Bailey to challenge Bost: Darren Bailey, the defeated 2022 GOP candidate for governor, will run against fifth-term Rep. Mike Bost, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, in a Republican primary in southern Illinois. (Illinois Newsroom)

He’s a ‘plow horse: The chief lobbyist for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, referencing an old adage, described Pennsylvania Rep. Glenn Thompson as “more of a plow horse” for his steady approach to passing a farm bill in his first year as House Agriculture Committee chair. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Europe and gene-edited crops: The European Commission proposed modifying its biotechnology regulations to treat gene-edited plants much like their conventionally bred counterparts if they have traits deemed comparable to naturally occurring plants. (Euractiv)

Teen loses hand at work: The owner of a meat processing plant pleaded guilty to illegally employing a minor in a dangerous profession after the 17-year-old lost his right hand in a meat grinder at the plant, said the Michigan attorney general’s office. (Meat and Poultry)

FAO and water management: Noting that agriculture uses 70 percent of the world’s fresh water, FAO Director-General Qu Dongyu recommended three areas for addressing water shortages: better governance, more integrated water resources, and increased investment. (FAO)