Today’s quick hits, Sept. 30, 2021

Minnesota drought assistance: Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $10 million package of drought aid, divided evenly between rapid response grants of up to $5,000 to crop and livestock producers and a disaster recovery loan program at the Rural Finance Authority. (

Income up 42 percent: Sharply higher market prices for corn, soybeans, hogs, and other commodities are the primary reason for a projected 42 percent increase in net farm income, to a record $4.48 billion, in Missouri this year. (FAPRI)

Bird protections: The Interior Department finalized a rule toughening penalties — relaxed by the Trump administration — for unintentional deaths of migratory birds through such activities as energy production, construction, and land development. (Washington Post)

Climate risk: Food companies, including Nestlé and Campbell Soup, are among 50 large companies that are “highly exposed” to the impacts of climate change, says an investor group. (Food Dive)

Guinea hen posse: Turning the tables on a predator, a group of guinea hens on a Maine farm charged at a bobcat and drove it 100 yards away from the barnyard, which was filled with other fowl, the owner reported. (Bangor Daily News)