Today’s quick hits, June 13, 2023

Lawmakers back BLM on conservation: Wading into controversy, four dozen senators and representatives urged Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to build on a “long-overdue draft rule” by the Bureau of Land Management that would clarify conservation as a legitimate use of public land. (Huffman)

‘Protect climate change funding’: Some 55 food, farm and conservation groups asked House appropriators to oppose any proposals in the annual USDA spending bill to reduce funding for agricultural research into climate change. (National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition)

Canada joins GMO corn fight: Canada “shares the concerns of the United States” that Mexico’s ban on imports of GMO corn for making tortillas is not based on science and would disrupt North American trade, said the nation’s agriculture and trade ministers. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)

New editor at FERN: Theodore Ross, experienced in magazine and digital editing, long-form reporting, investigations and TV production, was named editor in chief at FERN, succeeding Sam Fromartz, a co-founder of the independent, nonprofit news organization. (FERN)