Today’s quick hits, Oct. 24, 2023

Vilsack to announce export aid: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is scheduled to announce on Tuesday new funding for USDA food aid and market promotion programs in the face of a decline in farm exports from their 2022 peak. (FERN’s Ag Insider)

Teens in poultry plant: More than two dozen minors, mainly from Guatemala, performed meat processing and sanitation duties at a poultry plant in Kidron, Ohio, according to advocates who spoke after a federal raid of the plant. (NBC News)

Rural-urban religious parity: Despite the pervasive depictions of rural religious fervor, roughly equal portions of rural and urban Americans say they are Christians or attend religious services weekly. (Daily Yonder)

Soymeal exports set record: In the just-ended 2022/23 trade year, a record 13.2 million tons of U.S. soybean meal were exported and shipments are forecast at an even-higher 13.9 million tons in the new trade year; soymeal is in ready supply due to demand for soy oil in making biofuels. (USDA)