Today’s quick hits, July 28, 2021

Senate staffer to USDA: President Biden nominated Adrienne Wojciechowski, a veteran Senate staff worker and a former senior policy advisor to Appropriations Committee chairman Patrick Leahy, to be assistant agriculture secretary for congressional affairs, (White House) Carbon credits burn: …

Today’s quick hits, July 27, 2021

Expand disaster program: The House Agriculture Committee was scheduled to vote on Tuesday on H.R. 267, to include crop losses in 2020 in USDA’s Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus, now limited to losses from natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. The bill would authorize USDA to …

Today’s quick hits, July 26, 2021

Nearly $1 million in penalties: The Labor Department issued 59 violations and proposed $998,637 in penalties against three firms responsible for operations at a Georgia poultry plant where six workers died from a nitrogen leak. (Labor Department) ‘Golden rice’ approval: The …

Today’s quick hits, July 23, 2021

Longer than the Dust Bowl: The U.S. West is seeing “a more prolonged drought” — nearly two decades — than the drought of the 1930s that created the Dust Bowl in the central and southern Plains, said climatologist David Simeral. (E&E News) Challenger for Grassley: Former U.S. …

Today’s quick hits, July 22, 2021

Solar opportunity: Grazing sheep beneath solar panels seems like a perfect two-fer, providing forage for the sheep and vegetation management for the solar farm. (Farm and Dairy) Bleak forecast: Everyone will pay the price for the western drought, says California farmer Mas Masumoto, from the …

Today’s quick hits, July 21, 2021

Stolen water: In drought-battered California, water theft has reached record levels, and the most common culprits are illegal marijuana farms. A DEA agent estimated that “illegal grows” in three Southern California counties need 5.4 million gallons a day. (CalMatters) Andrés group …

Today’s quick hits, July 20, 2021

‘Butter’ meets butter: Coincidence or cause? U.S. sales of butter jumped by 30 percent in the week following the May 21 release of the hit song “Butter” by K-pop band BTS. (Rolling Stone) ASF reaches Germany: The first cases of African swine fever, often deadly to hogs …

Today’s quick hits, July 19, 2021

Better than meat: Impossible Foods founder Pat Brown says cell-cultured meat “will never be done with the economics you need for food” while with plant-based foods, “we can make it more delicious than the animal. (Washington Post) Scorched vineyards: Napa Valley wine makers …

Today’s quick hits, July 16, 2021

Interest rates rise: Ag bankers are charging slightly higher interest rates on operating loans after rates reached record lows at the end of 2020, but rates for real estate loans have continued to decline and hit a new record low this year. (Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City) Drought eases in …