Today’s quick hits, Sept. 23, 2019

If ASF arrives, is U.S. ready? (Successful Farming): The USDA and 14 states will hold a week-long test of how federal and state authorities would respond if the highly contagious African swine fever, an epidemic in East Asia, was discovered in America.

Farm institute names new president (Farm Foundation): Fifth-generation farm owner Shari Rogge-Fidler, with a long career as a consultant and agricultural executive, will begin work Sept. 30 as president of Farm Foundation, a nonpartisan agricultural policy institute.

Barley prices drops 25 percent (USDA): The world barley crop, estimated at 154 million tonnes, is the largest in 11 years, and the huge supply has driven prices down 25 percent, or $60 per tonne, from a year ago.