Today’s quick hits, June 10, 2024

H5N1 in Wyoming herd: Wyoming is the 12th state with a dairy herd infected by the H5N1 avian flu virus, said state officials. (Wyoming Livestock Board)

Aridification challenges Drought Monitor: The long-running trend toward dryness in the U.S. West raises questions about whether the weekly Drought Monitor, designed to measure periodic anomalies, “can accurately capture a much larger, slower-moving crisis.” (Los Angeles Times)

‘Feeding Our Future’ verdict: A federal jury in Minneapolis convicted five and acquitted two of the defendants accused of stealing $40 million in U.S. funds intended to feed children during the pandemic; more defendants await trial. (Sahan Journal)

Third vote on marijuana: South Dakota will hold its third statewide referendum in four years on legalizing marijuana. (South Dakota Searchlight)

Food prices inch upward: The Food Price Index, which tracks a market basket of five commodities, rose 0.9 percent in May, the third increase in three months, driven by higher prices for cereal grains and dairy products. (Food and Agriculture Organization)