Today’s quick hits, March 16, 2020

A lower price tag for grilling (Harvest Public Media): Beef prices may be slightly lower when the summer grilling season arrives due to things as far away as wildfires in Australia and port closures in China and as close at hand as the coronavirus.

Trade war hits tobacco country (Washington Post): The Sino-U.S. trade war shut off sales to the largest customer for U.S. tobacco and the pain is especially acute in North Carolina.

Canada ratifies USMCA (Reuters): Both houses of Parliament ratified the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland saying it would “help the Canadian economy at this challenging time.”

‘Mishmash of secret figures’ (CSIS): A “mishmash of secret figures” in phase one of the Sino-U.S. trade deal will make monitoring difficult and create the potential for the deal to unravel, says a brief by the think tank.

Cover crops on prevented acres (Thune): The USDA prohibition on grazing or harvesting cover crops before Nov. 1 on prevented-planting acres would be removed permanently under a bill sponsored by Sens. John Thune and Debbie Stabenow.