Today’s quick hits, Oct. 29, 2019

USDA to issue industrial hemp rule (Marijuana Moment): The USDA is expected to issue a regulation on the cultivation of industrial hemp Tuesday. It will begin approval of state regulatory plans and “provide clarity on a wide range of hemp-specific policies such as THC potency testing guidelines and quality control standards.”

Phase one of the China trade agreement? (White House): U.S. and China are “probably ahead of schedule” in drafting a phase-one trade agreement that would resolve a “very big portion” of the trade war and take care of farmers, said President Trump.

House panel to vote on CFTC reauthorization (Agriculture Committee): The House Agriculture Committee will vote on a bill to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the federal overseer of the futures industry, on Wednesday. The draft bill is available here.

Lawn mowers and rural kids (U.S. News): Children in rural areas have an injury rate from lawn mowers more than four times higher than urban children, and their injuries require longer hospital stays, and more amputations, according to researchers.

USDA withdraws animal ID plan (Drovers): The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has withdrawn a plan to phase in the use of electronic ID tags for cattle and bison.