Today’s quick hits, July 8, 2022

New dicamba trial: A U.S. appeals court in St. Louis ordered a new trial to determine punitive damages that Bayer and BASF must pay for harm caused by the weedkiller dicamba at a Missouri peach orchard. (Reuters)

Sysco alleges conspiracy: In an antitrust lawsuit filed in federal court in Houston, food service company Sysco alleged that meatpackers Cargill, JBS, Tyson Foods, and National Beef had “exploited their market power … by conspiring to limit the supply and fix” wholesale beef prices since at least 2015. (Courthouse News)

From biodiesel to renewable diesel: The higher returns and “drop-in” advantage of renewable diesel mean it will supplant biodiesel in the near term, said an investment bank, and the scramble for feedstocks will be mediated by limits on government incentives for the biofuel. (Ocean Park)

New faux-meat labels in France: Starting Oct. 1, French companies that make plant-based protein foods will be barred from using words such as “steak” or “sausage” on their labels, although “burger” will be allowed. (Modern Farmer)

Backyard bird flu: Fewer and fewer outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza are being reported, and they’re almost exclusively in backyard flocks. The last outbreak in a commercial flock was on June 9 in Colorado. (USDA)