Today’s quick hits, October 6, 2023

Poultry farms crowd homes: Poultry farmers in Oklahoma are utilizing a state “poultry feeding operation” permit that allows chicken barns as close as 500 feet to an existing residence if the poultry litter is hauled off-site. (Investigate Midwest)

Dip in food sales: Walmart, the largest U.S. food retailer, is seeing “a slight pullback” in food sales to people taking Ozempic and other appetite-suppressing drugs, said CEO John Furner. (Bloomberg)

Corn up, soy down: By the mid-2030s, based on climate projections, U.S. corn yields per acre will increase by 3.1 percent and soybean yields will decline by 3 percent. (USDA)

Summit to try again: Summit Carbon Solutions, denied a permit to build a carbon pipeline in South Dakota, will reapply after finding a route that complies with county ordinances, said a spokesperson. (Iowa Capital Dispatch)

USDA road trip: As part of the Biden administration’s “investing in America” tour, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Iowa to discuss the expansion of independent meatpacking capacity and Virginia to talk about healthy school food. (White House)