Today’s quick hits, July 8, 2019

Stampede for pea powder (Financial Times): There’s no shortage of yellow peas but processors can’t keep up with demand for the protein powder extracted from the pea for use in plant-based meat substitutes.

Agriculture on the brink in Venezuela (New York Times): A fuel shortage has brought Venezuela’s agriculture industry to the brink of collapse, threatening more hunger in a nation still under U.S. economic sanctions.

High farmer approval of Trump (Farm Journal): In a straw poll, four out of five respondents approved of Trump’s job performance, a slight increase from a June 11 “Pulse” poll.

Data collection suspended for bee report (USDA): Citing inadequate funding, the National Agricultural Statistics Service said it would not collect quarterly data during July for the annual Honey Bee Colonies report, due for release Aug. 1.

First U.S. rice sale to China (Reuters): Sun Valley Rice, based in California, recorded the first-ever sale of U.S. rice to China. The sale of about 40 metric tons was for consumer and food service, said export promoter USA Rice.