Today’s quick hits, Sept. 11, 2023

WASDE turns 50: Created as a response to the “Great Grain Robbery” of 1972, the USDA’s monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, which tracks production, trade, and usage of major commodities worldwide, was published for the first time on Sept. 17, 1973. (USDA)

PUC staff challenge Summit: Days after the state Public Utilities Commission denied a carbon pipeline permit to Navigator CO2, PUC staff workers filed a motion to deny Summit Carbon Solutions’ application to construct a carbon pipeline in South Dakota. (South Dakota Searchlight)

Climate window narrows: Ahead of the UN climate summit in November, a global “stocktake” report says the world is moving too slowly to curb global warming and “there is a rapidly narrowing window” to cut emissions and avoid an ever-worsening series of disasters. (Washington Post)

Fertilizer prices up: Global fertilizer supplies appear sufficient and prices, after declining for more than a year, rose in August along with natural gas prices. (AMIS Market Monitor)

California Assembly’s rural leader: Robert Rivas, who grew up in farmworker housing in Central California, is the first speaker of the California state Assembly in a generation from a rural district. (Los Angeles Times)