Today’s quick hits, June 25, 2019

Solar farms as big as a lake (Dayton Daily News): State officials have approved six solar farms in four Ohio counties covering a combined 12,573 acres, as big as the largest inland lake in the state, but there is dissension in rural communities over using land for electrical power rather than growing food.

Farm Bureau hires communications chief (AFBF): Terri Moore, who worked in press shops at the White House, Senate and USDA, will start work on July 8 as communications vice president for the American Farm Bureau Federation, the largest U.S. farm group.

USDA faces re-survey decision (USDA Radio): Given concerns about the slow planting season, USDA will announce on Friday, when it releases the annual Acreage survey, whether it will revisit parts of the country to get a better picture of plantings.

Obesity rates decline for WIC children (The Hagstrom Report): The obesity rate among children enrolled in WIC fell by 2 percentage points, to 13.9 percent, from 2010 to 2016, said a study released by the CDC.

Community facilities to benefit 631,000 people (USDA): Forty communities will receive a total of $50 million in USDA loans and grants for projects ranging from hospital renovations to the purchase of firefighting equipment and new snow plows, benefitting 631,000 people in 17 states.