Today’s quick hits, Oct. 19, 2020

Health insurance costs rising: The average farm couple under the age of 65 in Kansas spends $15,000-$17,000 a year on health insurance, up 79 percent in a decade and representing 25 percent of the total family living costs, according to data given to the Kansas Farm Management Association. (Kansas State University)

Craig vs. Kistner on Nov. 3: A federal judge ruled that Minnesota voters will decide the race between Democratic Rep. Angie Craig, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Republican Tyler Kistner on Nov. 3, rather than delaying the election to February due to the death of the third-party candidate in the contest. (Grand Forks Herald)

Four years of rising income, but …: USDA says net farm income this year will be the highest since 2013 and will be the fourth year of rising income, but without large federal payments income would have declined. (Wallaces Farmer)

Food safety is a top-three issue: A survey of people in China, Britain and the United States found that 77 percent believe food safety is a top 10 worldwide problem and more than half of respondents placed it in the top three. (Food Safety News)

FAO turns 75: The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, founded after World War II, is 75 years old and says its goal in the face of rising global hunger is “to make food and agriculture an essential part of the COVID-19 response.” (FAO)