Today’s quick hits, June 1, 2021

Hackers hit JBS: The world’s largest meat processor, JBS, shut down operations in Australia, as well as facilities in the United States and Canada, due to major cyber attacks, said a union representing meat workers in Queensland. (

Fake farm loans: A House subcommittee opened a formal investigation into how at least two online lenders facilitated Paycheck Protection Program loans to questionable borrowers, including 378 loans to single-person businesses, often described as farms with no apparent farming operations. (ProPublica)

Lesser prairie-chicken listing: The Fish and Wildlife Service set a 60-day comment period on its proposal to list two population segments of the lesser prairie-chicken on the Endangered Species List because of threats to its habitat in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. (USFWS)

Australian mouse plague: An explosion in the mouse population in Australia’s eastern grain belt has farmers fearing the rodents will destroy grain in storage bins and eat the seeds if they plant winter crops. (New York Times)

CFTC whistleblower fix: The Senate passed and sent to the House a bill to keep the CFTC Whistleblower Office in operation even if its fund to reward whistleblowers for exposing fraud is depleted, a possibility in the near future. (National Law Review)