Today’s quick hits, March 19, 2021

The Lorax is smiling: A trio of Democratic senators introduced the REPLANT Act, which will allow the U.S. Forest Service to plant 1.2 billion trees, carry out reforestation projects to address the climate crisis, and create nearly 49,000 jobs over 10 years. (Senate Agriculture Committee)

EPA reopens to media: In a webinar with the Society of Environmental Journalists, top communications officials at the Environmental Protection Agency pledged to have a “positive, productive, and transparent relationship with the media,” including direct and timely interviews with scientific staff and regional offices. (FERN’s Ag Insider)

WIC Act is back: A bipartisan group of legislators reintroduced the Wise Investment in our Children Act yesterday in both the House and Senate. The bill would expand food, nutrition, and other assistance to pregnant women, new mothers, infants, and young children. (FERN’s Ag Insider)

Utah bans battery cages for hens: Utah Gov. Spencer Cox signed a law banning the use of battery cages on Utah’s egg farms, becoming the eighth state to do so. (HSUS)

Seaweed and cow belches: A new study from the University of California Davis found that feeding seaweed to cows reduced emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, by up to 82 percent. (

Falsely labeled salmon: A Norwegian seafood company has agreed to pay $1.3 million to settle a proposed class action brought against its Ducktrap subsidiary, accusing it of falsely marketing its salmon as sustainably sourced, all-natural, and Maine-caught. The fish was allegedly raised on foreign aquaculture farms, using antibiotics. (Law360).