Today’s quick hits, June 30, 2020

Coronavirus payments near $4.9 billion: Livestock producers have received $2.43 billion, or half of the $4.86 billion that has been paid in coronavirus relief payments to 319,544 producers, according to a weekly update of the $16 billion fund. (USDA)

Farm Progress Show cancelled due to Covid-19: For the first time in its six-decade history, the Farm Progress Show has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic along with its sister show, Husker Harvest Days. (Farm Progress)

More wheat, less canola sown in Canada: Growers sowed 25 million acres of wheat, an increase of 1.5 percent from 2019, while cutting back on canola and soybeans in a shift away from oilseeds this year. (Statistics Canada)

Oat genome is sequenced: In just four months, a collaborative effort of academia, government and private sector scientists sequenced the full oat genome, creating the possibility of new varieties with improved sustainability, taste and nutrition. (Seed World)

Food and ag companies on New York Fed list: Food and agricultural companies such as Cargill and Tyson Foods are among nearly 800 companies on a list prepared by the New York Federal Reserve Bank for possible purchases of corporate bonds and exchange-traded funds as a way to bolster the U.S. economy. (Politico)