Today’s quick hits, June 11, 2020

Farmers avoid hog culling (FERN’s Ag Insider): Altered management practices and the restoration of slaughter volume at pork plants have allowed farmers to avoid large-scale culling of hogs, said the CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. With more than 600,000 hogs backed up on farms in the state, farmers have reduced farrowings and changed rations to control pig numbers, and have found alternative outlets, such as food donations.

Iowa State Fair canceled (Des Moines Register): For the first time since World War II, the Iowa State Fair has been canceled, this time due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Tyson Foods cooperates in price fixing case (Wall Street Journal): Tyson Foods, after discovering that some of its employees were implicated, said it was “fully cooperating” under a leniency program with a Justice Department investigation into alleged price fixing by chicken processors.

USDA extends meal waiver (USDA): Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the extension through summer of a waiver that allows local organizations to serve free meals to all the school-age children in an area rather than restricting the meals to low-income neighborhoods.

Atlas identifies food donation hurdles (Harvard Law): A new interactive resource, the Global Food Donation Atlas, “maps the laws and policies affecting food donation around the globe and provides recommendations to prevent unnecessary food waste and improve food distribution to those in need.”