Today’s quick hits, Nov. 24, 2020

Hunger groups back Fudge for USDA: Five dozen food banks, hunger relief and anti-poverty groups from across the country signed a letter to President-elect Biden in support of Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge for agriculture secretary, hailing her as a stalwart advocate of public nutrition programs and …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 23, 2020

Smaller processors struggle with coronavirus: Workers and advocates say smaller poultry processors have struggled just as much as the big processors, “often taking longer to implement fewer safety measures than their larger counterparts.” (Facing South) Lobster industry hopes for …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 20, 2020

Lowest-cost Thanksgiving dinner in 10 years: Largely because of lower prices for turkey, the classic Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, sweet potatoes, green peas, and pumpkin pie would cost an average of $4.69 per person, the lowest price in a decade, according to an informal survey of grocery …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 19, 2020

Rural infections hit another record: For the eighth week in a row, the number of Covid-19 infections in rural America set a record. For the week ended Nov. 14, there were 195,795 new cases, up 36 percent from the previous week. (Daily Yonder) A ‘permission slip’ for logging: The …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 18, 2020

Flash-frozen ‘murder hornets’ sent to DC: Five flash-frozen specimens of the 2-inch-long Asian giant hornet, taken from “nest zero” in Washington state, were shipped to the nation’s capital for preservation and study by USDA’s Agricultural Research Service …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 17, 2020

China forms Pacific FTA group: China and 14 other nations, including Australia, Japan and South Korea, formally joined the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, the largest regional free-trade agreement yet and a pact engineered by Beijing as a counterweight to the United States in the …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 16, 2020

California aggies back Costa: Nearly six dozen farm groups and water districts in California wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, urging her to make Rep. Jim Costa, who represents part of the Central Valley, the new House Agriculture chairman. (Farm Journal) Higher MPG, less ethanol: Corn …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 13, 2020

Meat drives food inflation: Grocery prices are 4 percent higher than a year ago, with meat up by 6.1 percent, while the overall U.S. inflation rate was a modest 1.2 percent, said the monthly Consumer Price Index. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) Rural vote split is as wide as ever: Both political …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 12, 2020

Peterson backs Scott: Collin Peterson, the departing chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, said in a letter that he backs Georgia Rep. David Scott as his successor, pointing to Scott’s work on the committee since his election in 2002 and the significance of the committee having its …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 10, 2020

‘Substantial progress’ in Roundup lawsuits: Court-appointed mediator Kenneth Feinberg said Bayer has made “substantial progress” toward resolving tens of thousands of cases that allege its weedkiller Roundup caused cancer. (Reuters) A McPlant sprouts on the menu board: …