Today’s quick hits, June 9, 2022

Axne race shifts: While Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne has a larger campaign fund, the redrawn 3rd House District in Iowa “may be too red” for her in the race against the Republican nominee, Zach Nunn. That race, formerly a toss-up, is now rated “leans Republican.” (Sabato’s Crystal Ball)

Atlas buys Foster Farms: Private equity firm Atlas Holdings purchased family-owned Foster Farms, a California chicken processor, and hired Donnie Smith as chief executive, the same job he held at Tyson Foods from 2009-16. (Food Dive)

Stabenow buys electric car: After Senate Agriculture Committee chair Debbie Stabenow said she had purchased an electric car made by Chevrolet, she was criticized for being out of touch with gasoline prices. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Slim lead for Valadao: With one-third of the vote counted, California Rep. David Valadao, a member of the House subcommittee in charge of USDA and FDA spending, has a 1,223-vote lead over Trump supporter Chris Mathys. (FERN’s Ag Insider)

New NPPC logo, direction: The National Pork Producers Council announced a new logo and a strategic repositioning to “drive momentum in shaping the future of the next generation” of hog farmers and businesses. (Agweek)