Today’s quick hits, September 11, 2019

Dairy pains in Wisconsin (NPR): Chronic low prices, a trade war, and a glut of milk has pushed more dairy farms out of business in Wisconsin than in any other state.

Farmers want debt forgiveness (New Food Economy): The National Young Farmers Coalition is behind two bills that would allow debt forgiveness to farmers struggling with student loans.

For farmers, Trump is Teflon president (Reuters): Farmers are looking for someone to blame other than President Trump for fallout from the trade war and a slowdown in usage of corn ethanol; for the moment, the faceless Washington bureaucrat is the scapegoat.

Cargill implicated in Amazon fires (DTN/Progressive Farmer): Environmental groups are putting Cargill’s feet to the fire, blaming one of the world’s largest grain exporters and processors for fires and deforestation of the Amazonian rainforest in Brazil.

The blob is back (San Francisco Chronicle): A large mass of unusually warm water, officially name the Northeast Pacific Marine Heatwave, is on the same trajectory as the “blob” that disrupted the ocean ecosystem along the West Coast from 2014 to 2016 by causing toxic algae blooms and population losses of sea creatures.