Today’s quick hits, September 27, 2019

Senate passes bill with Trump tariff payments (FERN’s Ag Insider): On an 81-16 roll call vote, the Senate passed a stopgap spending bill that includes funding for trade war payments to farmers. The replenishment of the USDA’s Commodity Credit Corp. was part of a bill to keep the government running until Nov. 21.

Big donation for climate research (Los Angeles Times): California billionaires Stewart and Lynda Resnick, reputed to be America’s largest farmers and known for Pom Wonderful juice, gave $750 million to Caltech for research into climate change and sustainability.

Grain giant feels trade war pain (Wall Street Journal): Executives at Cargill say there could be long-lasting changes to international food trading as a result of the U.S.-China trade war, which has already helped sink the grain company’s margins by 10 percent this year.

Wine’s future in a drier world (New York Times): As the climate becomes more unpredictable and global temperatures rise, scientists are exploring techniques for growing grapes in Israel’s Negev Desert.

Global wheat crop will set record (IGC): Growers around the world will harvest their second record-setting wheat crop in two years, with production forecast at 764 million tonnes this season, a scant 2 million tonnes larger than the current record, set in 2017/18.

Peru wins award for nutrition label (Food Navigator): A UN task force awarded its prize for Outstanding Ministries of Health to Peru for the country’s mandatory nutrition warning labels for products high in salt, sugar, and saturated fat or that contain trans fats.