Today’s quick hits, May 2, 2022

Emergency waiver for E15: EPA issued an emergency waiver allowing sale of E15 through the summer driving season, effective May 1, with additional 20-day waivers expected “until such time as the extreme and unusual fuel supply circumstances due to the war in Ukraine are no longer present.” (EPA)

Less checkoff, more lobbying: Delegates voted at the Pork Forum to reduce the pork checkoff by 5 cents, to 35 cents per $100 of revenue from marketing hogs, on the hope that producers would send that nickel to the group that lobbies and litigates on their behalf. (St. Louis Public Radio)

Booker grills Vilsack: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker confronted Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack over agricultural consolidation and the prevalence of junk food in poor neighborhoods during a Democratic luncheon last week. (Axios)

Troops steal Deere equipment: Russian troops stole nearly $5 million worth of John Deere tractors, combines and other equipment from a dealership in Ukraine and hauled them to Chechnya, before learning the equipment had been disabled remotely. (CNN)

Equine disease is deadly: More than 100 horses died of equine influenza at a state-run facility in Canon City, Colorado. (Bureau of Land Management)