Today’s quick hits, May 23, 2023

More right-to-repair agreements: The largest U.S. farm group signed agreements with AGCO and Kubota that provide farmers and ranchers with the right to repair their equipment; the group also said it will stay neutral on right-to-repair legislation. (American Farm Bureau Federation)

Colorado River water cuts: The three states in the lower basin of the Colorado River — California, Arizona and Nevada agreed to save 3 million acre-feet of water through 2026; most of the reductions —  coming from water districts, farms and tribes — qualify for $1.2 billion in federal compensation. (New York Times)

No-till legend dies: Ohio farmer Dave Brandt, a U.S. pioneer in no-till agriculture and cover crops and an advocate of regenerative agriculture, died of injuries from a car crash. (No-Till Farmer)

Cell meat’s environmental impact: Cell-cultured meat often is portrayed as environmentally friendly because it uses less land and water than livestock, but it has a global warming potential of up to 25 times larger than beef depending on the growth media. (UC-Davis)

Farmland price increases slow: Farmland values are still on the rise “albeit at a slower rate than a year ago,” wrote agricultural economist David Widmar after looking at the land market in Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa and the central Plains. (Agricultural Economic Insights)