Today’s quick hits, December 13, 2019

New bill to address source of foodborne illness (DeLauro): Rep. Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut introduced a bill that would grant the FDA authority to investigate feedlots and CAFOs implicated in outbreaks of foodborne illness. No egg conspiracy, says jury (Law360): A jury found that United Egg …

Today’s quick hits, December 12, 2019

Iowa farmland value rises slightly (CARD): The annual ISU Land Value Survey says the average acre of farmland in the state is worth $7,432, up by 2.3 percent from 2018 and only the second increase in six years. (Note: Updates with current data). More time for aid signup (USDA): Due to …

Today’s quick hits, December 11, 2019

A Blue New Deal (Warren): Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren rolled out her “Blue New Deal,” a plan for ocean policy and fisheries management under her administration. A new salad outbreak (FDA): U.S. and Canadian health agencies are investigating the outbreak of …

Today’s quick hits, Dec. 10, 2019

Farmers engaging on climate change (Politico): Profoundly dubious of outside regulation and fiercely independent, farmers are “waking up on climate change” and taking practical steps to mitigate the impact of global warming and to find ways to profit from it. Ammonia from …

Today’s quick hits, Dec. 9, 2019

It’s a Wonderful lawsuit (Los Angeles Times): Wonderful Co., a giant in the pistachio business, sued Fresno County in a bid to keep one of its suppliers from building a processing plant and going into business as a competitor. Cod fishing moratorium in Gulf of Alaska (NPR): A federal …

Today’s quick hits, December 6, 2019

More fake meat, bigger packages (CNN): Beyond Meat plant-based burger patties will soon be available in bulk at select Costco outlets, as the faux-meat brand continues its rapid expansion. Cutting food waste at schools (World Wildlife Fund): An estimated 530,000 tons of food is wasted each year …

Today’s quick hits, December 5, 2019

Plant-based push in China (Wall Street Journal): As Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods look to expand into China, they face challenges in a country that has a long history of plant-based meat substitutes and plenty of fake-meat startups. A healthier burger? (New York Times): Even as the demand …

Today’s quick hits, December 4, 2019

An effort to save biodiversity (NPR): A team of scientists has been traveling across the world to collect wild relatives of crop species that humans depend on. They hope to preserve genetic diversity in the face of climate change. Cargill goes green(er) (Star Tribune): Cargill announced …

Today’s quick hits, Dec. 3, 2019

Water wars move east (Wall Street Journal): Water fights were once the purview of Western farming communities, but the issue is moving east as climate change and development threaten water resources in Florida and Georgia. French fry shortage looms (Bloomberg):  Harsh weather conditions have …

Today’s quick hits, Dec. 2, 2019

Higher food prices in small towns (Atlanta Journal-Constitution): Food-stamp benefits don’t stretch as far in rural Georgia as they do in cities because rural grocers, who have fewer competitors, charge more for items such as lettuce or macaroni and cheese. Twice as costly as the auto …