Today’s quick hits, Sept. 13, 2022

Child poverty rate halved: Expanded government aid drove a decline in the child poverty rate to 11 percent in 2019 from 28 percent in 1993, with lower jobless rates, higher minimum wages and more single mothers in the workforce also playing a role, said a Child Trends study. (New York Times)

BioPreferred gets Biden boost: President Biden signed an executive order to launch a National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Program that would streamline regulation of biotech products and increase federal purchases of bio-based products. (White House)

Deere tries self-driving tractors: The world’s largest farm equipment maker, Deere and Co., is investing billions of dollars in self-driving tractors and sprayers that distinguish weeds from crops. (Wall Street Journal)

Food fears in Britain: Drought and high fuel prices are putting pressure on agricultural production in Britain and, “There is a risk of food shortages in the UK this winter, experts have said.” (The Guardian)

Suit seeks EPA records: The Center for Food Safety filed suit in federal court in San Francisco to force the EPA to hand over records about damage caused by the weedkiller dicamba. (Center for Food Safety)