Today’s quick hits, June 13, 2024

Louisiana okays raw milk: State legislators passed a bill to legalize the sale of raw milk in Louisiana as long as it is labeled “not for human consumption.” More than 30 states now allow the sale of unpasteurized milk. (

Food-waste plan: The USDA, FDA, EPA, and White House announced an initiative to reduce U.S. food loss and waste 50 percent by 2030 through such practices as recycling and composting. (USDA)

H5N1 testing at the fair: Wisconsin dairy farmers will be required to test lactating dairy cows for the H5N1 avian flu virus before bringing them to fairs and exhibitions, said state agriculture officials. (CIDRAP)

Pump up biofuel mandates: Eighteen farm-state senators asked the EPA to set “significantly higher” targets for biomass-based diesel and other advanced fuels in the 2026 Renewable Fuel Standard. (Clean Fuels)

‘Alongside services’: The CEO of Tampa Bay’s food bank says the group’s biggest growth area is likely to be “alongside services,” in which, in addition to food aid, it offers onsite help with such problems as housing and job training. (Food Bank News)