Today’s quick hits, May 5, 2022

Delgado named lieutenant governor: Calling him “a rising star,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado, a House Agriculture Committee member with an upstate district, as lieutenant governor. The timing of his resignation from Congress was unclear. (Albany Times Union)

Intervene in debt relief suit: A U.S. district court judge in Texas ruled that the National Black Farmers Association and the Association of American Indian Farmers can intervene in a lawsuit by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to block federal debt relief for socially disadvantaged farmers. (Public Justice)

HPAI in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin: Highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed at two turkey farms in Wisconsin and a duck breeding farm in Pennsylvania, raising U.S. bird flu losses to nearly 37 million birds. (USDA)

Winter wheat yields imperiled: Growers in large swaths of the major winter wheat regions of the country face the prospect of below-average yields because of persistent drought. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Tom Vilsack, commencement speaker: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was scheduled to speak at commencement ceremonies at Utah State University on Thursday and at the University of Minnesota-Crookston on Saturday. (FERN’s Ag Insider)