Today’s quick hits, June 20, 2019

Another round of Trump tariff payments? (Reuters): The head of the largest U.S. farm group said that if there’s no progress in coming months on trade deals or resolving the trade war with China, American farmers will need a multibillion-dollar federal bailout for the third year in a row.

Missing a big opportunity (South China Morning Post): The Sino-U.S. trade war’s tit-for-tat tariffs have priced U.S. pork out of the Chinese market despite the country’s need to offset losses from an epidemic of African swine fever in its domestic herd.

Running short on rural vets (Successful Farming): Some 550 mostly rural U.S. counties in 44 states lack sufficient veterinary coverage, and veterinary practices are becoming both more corporate-owned and increasingly dominated by females.

Outside-the-box cover crops (Illinois Extension): Farmers unable to plant their corn and soybeans this year should consider a couple of unusual cover-crop options for their prevented-planting land: corn and soybeans.

Outlook Board chair returns to Mizzou (USDA): After five years as chairman of the USDA’s “world board,” which assesses the global crop and livestock outlook, Seth Meyer will return to a University of Missouri think tank as its associate director.