Today’s quick hits, May 6, 2019

Biodiversity report compiles earth’s losses (AFP): An 1,800-page report produced by 400 experts for the United Nations — the first UN assessment of the natural world in 15 years — paints “a picture of widespread destruction wrought by man, some of it irreparable.”

Winter wheat production rebounds (Kansas Wheat): Scouts taking part in the annual Wheat Quality Council tour of the major winter wheat states said conditions indicate a large rebound from 2018, with yields in Kansas estimated to be up 28 percent; Oklahoma and Nebraska also expect larger crops.

MPP repayments are available (USDA): Carrying out a provision of the 2018 farm law, the USDA said dairy farmers are eligible for a repayment of part of the premiums they paid for coverage under the Margin Protection Program from 2014-17.

Nominees needed for NOSB slot (USDA): Nominations are due by May 20 for nominees to fill a vacancy on the National Organic Standards Board, which advises the USDA on organic agriculture, for a term expiring in January 2020.

‘Forever chemicals’ in milk (DTN/Progressive Farmer): If a New Mexico dairy farm is an indicator, food may be the next frontier in research on potentially toxic chemicals that show up in water supplies.