Today’s quick hits, October 31, 2019

Reflecting on co-op consolidation (New Food Economy): A new report from the Government Accountability Office found that consolidation among dairy cooperatives can create power imbalances between farms of different sizes.

Dark money takes on fake meat (Food Navigator): A series of ads demonizing plant-based meat products is funded by mostly anonymous donors from the food industry.

Merger creates farmers’ market leader in mid-Atlantic (Washington Post): Nonprofits FreshFarm and Community Foodworks said they were merging, creating the largest farmers’ market organization in the mid-Atlantic region and the third largest in the nation.

NYC to ban foie gras (New York Times): Concerns about animal cruelty led New York City to ban the sale of foie gras, which is currently served in about a thousand restaurants in the city. The ban takes effect in 2022.

Lobbying group forms for industrial hemp (Hemp Federation): A new trade group composed of growers, processors, and related businesses will advocate for industrial hemp before Congress and federal agencies, said the group’s founders.

Farm bankruptcies surge (AFBF): Producers filed 580 Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies in the 12 months ending in September, up 24 percent from the prior year and highest since 676 filings in 2011 during the commodity boom, according to federal court data.