Today’s quick hits, Oct. 1, 2019

It’s OK to eat red meat – or not (NPR): A set of analyses published by a prominent medical journal says there’s no need for adults to cut back on red and processed meats, a conclusion that contradicts decades of studies of healthy diets. The articles set off an argument in the scientific community over nutrition research.

Trump tariff payments near $5.2 billion (USDA): In six weeks, the USDA has sent nearly $5.2 billion in trade-war payments to farmers and ranchers, with Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas the top states for payments.

Groups back pesticides for hemp (Hemp Council): The National Industrial Hemp Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation wrote to the EPA supporting applications for approval of 10 pesticides for use on hemp fields.

Uninspected meat sold to prisons (New Food Economy): Two executives of a meatpacking company in Texas have pleaded guilty to selling more than $1 million of adulterated and uninspected meat to federal prisons.

Iconic Pennsylvania dairy goes bust (Washingtonian): Trickling Springs Creamery, which sourced milk from about 32 small-scale farms for outlets in the Mid-Atlantic region, abruptly ceased all operations after a securities investigation by the state of Pennsylvania.