Today’s quick hits, January 23, 2020

Major backing for Memphis Meats (Bloomberg): The cultivated-meat company raised $161 million in a round of funding, about as much as has been invested in all faux-meat companies together so far. U.S. to overhaul grazing rules (Drovers): The Bureau of Land Management said in the Federal Register …

Today’s quick hits, January 22, 2019

Brazil expands its beef footprint in U.S. (New Food Economy): The fourth-largest beef company in the U.S., National Beef, is now mostly owned by the Brazilian meatpacking giant Marfrig Global Foods. Iowans care about climate (Public News Service): A poll from the Center for Rural Affairs found …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 21, 2020

Ban salmonella bacteria on meat (Washington Post): Food-safety lawyer Bill Marler petitioned the USDA to label 31 disease-causing strains of salmonella bacteria as adulterants, which would require meat processors to keep them out of meat sold to consumers. Prairie strips have a place at USDA …

Today’s quick hits, January 17, 2020

Earp out as USDA civil rights chief (Fudge): Naomi Earp, who ran the USDA’s anti-discrimination office while awaiting a Senate vote on her nomination to be assistant secretary for civil rights, has resigned. Rep. Marcia Fudge, chair of the House subcommittee that oversees the office, called on …

Today’s quick hits, January 16, 2020

Turning up the heat (New York Times): Researchers at NASA and NOAA confirmed Wednesday that 2019 was the second-hottest year on record, just slightly cooler than 2016 and the capstone of the warmest decade in history. Sustainable skyscrapers? (Vox): A trendy new building material is becoming …

Today’s quick hits, January 15, 2020

SNAP rule leaves states in the lurch (NBC): Thirty-two states and D.C. are scrambling to notify residents who are at risk of losing their SNAP benefits under the Trump administration’s new work requirements policy, which goes into effect April 1. DOJ pushes public charge rule (The Hill): …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 14, 2020

Trump heads to Farm Bureau convention (Agri-Pulse): President Trump will keynote the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual convention in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, his third straight annual appearance before the U.S. farm group. Tougher food stamp rules did not raise employment (New …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 13, 2020

Farmers fear state impediments to hemp (Associated Press): With more than 2,000 acres of farmed hemp, growers in Maine fear that higher fees and stricter limits on the THC content of their crops will slow the growth of a promising new industry. Bunches of GE cherry tomatoes (Modern Farmer): …

Today’s quick hits, January 10, 2020

Faux meat shortage (Vox): Companies that produce plant-based meat alternatives are facing more demand than they can meet, and until production is scaled up, sourcing to massive outlets like McDonald’s may be out of reach. Failed milk companies vie for Starbucks business (Wall Street Journal): …

Today’s quick hits, January 9, 2020

Big dairies reign in Midwest (Hoard’s Dairyman): Just 3 percent of the dairy farms in the Central Federal Milk Marketing Order — which covers Kansas, Oklahoma, and sections of many other midwestern states — produced half of the region’s milk this past October. Protein out of ‘thin air’ (BBC): …