Today’s quick hits, September 19, 2019

Scott aims for top GOP ag spot (Atlanta Journal-Constitution): In the behind-the-scenes competition to become the Republican leader on the House Agriculture Committee, fifth-term Rep. Austin Scott of Georgia is emphasizing his experience in winning $3 billion in disaster-relief funds for agriculture.

DSL dominates rural internet service (Daily Yonder): The most commonly offered internet service in rural America is DSL, which while available in three-quarters of households has the lowest median advertised speeds, says the Purdue Center for Regional Development.

Cooking with kudzu (Harvest Public Media): The founders of Kudzu Culture, which explores adaptation to the notorious kudzu vine, say the leaves are edible, with a taste similar to pea shoots, and the roots can be processed into white cooking starch that can be used in plant-based milk, tofu, or ice cream.

South Korea finds deadly swine disease (Guardian): The highly contagious African swine fever, rampant in East Asia, was confirmed for the first time in South Korea. Meanwhile, the British government said it expects the disease to reach the island nation within a year.

New CEO for cattle group (NCBA): Colin Woodall will become the new chief executive of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association following more than a decade as head of the NCBA’s Washington office. Ethan Lane will become the group’s chief lobbyist.