Today’s quick hits, Sept. 24, 2020

‘Healthy checkout’ lines in Berkeley: Two dozen grocery stores in Berkeley, California, will be affected by a new city ordinance that bans junk food and unhealthy items from the checkout aisles — possibly the first “healthy checkout” legislation in the nation. (Mercury News)

Jump in rural coronavirus infections: Nearly half of U.S. rural counties have coronavirus new-infection rates that White House guidelines classify as out of control. Last week, new infections in rural America were up 30 percent overall. (Daily Yonder)

Pilgrim’s Pride cuts ties with Penn: Nearly four months after its chief executive was indicted on price-fixing charges, poultry processor Pilgrim’s Pride said CEO Jayson Penn “is no longer with the company” and that Fabio Sandri, who was named interim chief executive on June 15, has the job permanently. (Pilgrim’s Pride)

Vandals target dicamba regulator: In the past two months, vandals have damaged tractors and burned haystacks owned by Terry Fuller, chairman of the Arkansas State Plant Board, which has imposed some of the strictest rules in the nation on the use of the weedkiller dicamba. (NPR)

Farm broadcaster Samuelson to retire: After 60 years as a farm and business news broadcaster at Chicago radio station WGN, Orion Samuelson, a self-described “unknown cow milker from western Wisconsin,” will retire on Dec. 31. (

Perdue not a ‘one-termer’: Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he has “no plans to be a one-termer at this point in time” and would consider staying on at the USDA if President Trump is re-elected. (Brownfield Ag News)