Today’s Quick Hits, March 24, 2020

Russia curbs food exports, eases imports (Bloomberg): For now it’s just restricting exports of rice and buckwheat, but Russian officials are monitoring supplies of food, medicine and other consumer goods as coronavirus spreads.

Keeping kids fed (NPR): With schools closed, school districts are scrambling to feed students who rely on them for meals. Some are preparing grab-and-go lunches,  others are delivering food via school bus.

Klobuchar’s husband has coronavirus (Klobuchar): John Bessler, husband of Senate Agriculture panelist Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Democrat, was diagnosed with the coronavirus and hospitalized, said the senator in a statement.

Halfway to $1 million for Rep. Peterson (MinnPost): A super PAC says it is halfway to its goal of raising $1 million in support of the re-election of House Agriculture chairman Collin Peterson, Minnesota Democrat, who is a GOP target in the Nov 3 election.

EPA challenged over glyphosate (CFS): A coalition of farm worker and environmental groups sued the EPA in federal court, saying the agency’s re-approval of the herbicide glyphosate was based on an incomplete risk assessment.

Jekanowski to lead ‘World Board’ (USDA): Mark Jekanowski will begin work next week as chairman of USDA’s World Agricultural Outlook Board, which produces the monthly WASDE report on production and usage of major commodities worldwide, said USDA chief economist Rob Johansson.