Today’s quick hits, Sept. 12, 2022

Railroads to cut service: U.S. railroads will reduce service on Monday with a strike possible on Saturday following the failure to reach agreement with two labor unions on a new contract. (Bloomberg)

Stabenow opposes nutrition cuts: The farm bill provides a “farm safety net for farmers and a family safety net,” said Senate Agriculture chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, and she will oppose broad cuts in USDA nutrition programs in the 2023 farm bill. (Agri-Pulse))

GAO questions CFAP payments: The USDA paid $31 billion to farmers and ranchers in pandemic relief, but producers failed in half of the 90 claims reviewed by congressional auditors to provide documents that justified their requests for money. (Government Accountability Office)

Broadband grants and loans available: The USDA set Nov. 2 as the deadline to apply for a share of the $1.1 billion available for grants and loans to expand access to high-speed internet in rural America. (USDA)

Grasshopper hunters in Mexico: An unofficial army of grasshopper hunters feeds Mexico’s appetite for crunchy insects, “typically consumed as snacks or alternatives to meat.” (Los Angeles Times)