Today’s quick hits, Sept. 23, 2022

FERN wins INN award: FERN’s four-part “Hot Farm” podcast won the Insight Award for Explanatory Journalism from the Institute for Nonprofit News in the “large newsroom” category. “The podcast takes listeners inside the lives of farmers who are trying new things to address climate change with great reporting and front-line storytelling,” the group said. (INN)

Kaptur gains ground: Political handicapper Sabato’s Crystal Ball changed its outlook for the House race in Ohio between incumbent Democrat Marcy Kaptur and Republican J.R. Majewski from toss-up to “leans Democratic.” (Sabato’s Crystal Ball)

Another dry year ahead: Californians should prepare for 2023 to be the fourth dry year in a row, say water managers, looking toward the Oct. 1 start of the new water year with the state’s reservoirs well below average levels. (Los Angeles Times)

Foundation offers hunger plan: Ahead of next week’s White House hunger summit, the Rockefeller Foundation recommended stronger federal nutrition programs, the adoption of a “food is medicine” approach to healthcare, and the use of purchasing standards that support healthier, more resilient, and equitable food systems. (Rockefeller Foundation)

Bigger grain, soy crops: Larger wheat and barley crops, mainly in Russia, Canada, and Australia, mean the 2022/23 global grain harvest will be 8 million tonnes bigger than thought, while the world’s soybean crop is expected to be the largest ever. (IGC)