Today’s quick hits, March 4, 2022

Energy, not grain: More than soaring grain prices, sharply higher energy costs triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine could affect every segment of food production and drive up grocery store prices, said analyst Vincent Smith. (American Enterprise Institute)

More HPAI in Indiana: The USDA confirmed an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Dubois County, the sixth case of the viral disease in Indiana this year. (Indiana Board of Animal Health)

Inadequate proposal: Canada “is trying to see just how little will be demanded of them” rather than offering substantive reforms of its dairy import quotas, said U.S. dairy groups after assessing a Canadian response to an adverse trade panel ruling. (U.S. Dairy Export Council)

Food bank fee: Food Club, in Holland, Michigan, is offering a different take on the food pantry, with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, business hours that take family workdays into account, and a monthly fee of $11 to $17. (Food Bank News)

Lower enrollment: With the March 15 deadline approaching, farmers have signed 1.2 million contracts for USDA crop subsidies, two-thirds of the expected total, said administrator Zach Ducheneaux of the Farm Service Agency. (FERN’s Ag Insider)