Today’s quick hits, October 18, 2019

Remove tariffs, says China (Business Insider): Beijing expects the United States to remove all retaliatory tariffs as part of any final agreement to end the Sino-U.S. trade war, said a Commerce Ministry spokesman, casting doubt on resolving the trade dispute and on U.S. expectations of large …

Today’s quick hits, October 17, 2019

Hemp explosion continues (Politico): Farmers are planting more hemp than ever before, but uncertainty about how hemp products are regulated and the ongoing debate about legalizing cannabis make it a risky crop. Wine industry reshaped by climate change (New York Times): Climate change is …

Today’s quick hits, October 16, 2019

Cows make friends (Atlantic): New research suggests that cows develop platonic relationships with each other, and express more contentment — and even produce more milk — when they’re with their friends. Doctors’ blind spot for diet (New Food Economy): Despite the growing consensus …

Quick hits, Oct. 14, 2019

California bans ‘lunch shaming’ (USA Today): Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law a bill that prevents ‘lunch shaming’ of children who owe money for school meals. The law requires that all students be given a “state reimbursable meal,” even if their parents have …

Today’s quick hits, October 11, 2019

Yogurt for a worthy cause (Feedstuffs): A percentage of the proceeds from sales of a new limited-edition Chobani yogurt flavor will be donated to efforts by the American Farmland Trust to support dairy farmers. Cleaner air fuels trout revival (AP): For the first time in more than three decades, …

Quick hits, October 10, 2019

No progress on trade war (South China Morning Post): Chinese Vice Premier Liu He may limit trade negotiations with the Trump administration to one day, instead of the scheduled two, after working-level talks made no progress and the United States announced new sanctions against Chinese …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 9, 2019

China-U.S. trade deal unlikely (CNBC): Trade experts, pointing to complicating factors such as new U.S. restrictions on high-tech Chinese companies and travel limits on Chinese officials, say it is highly unlikely that negotiations this week will yield a resolution of the trade war. Glyphosate …

Today’s quick hits, October 8, 2019

Dairy subsidy enrollment opens (USDA): Dairy farmers have faced “an extremely unforgiving market,” said Agriculture Undersecretary Bill Northey as the USDA opened enrollment for the 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage subsidy. Signup will continue through Dec. 13. Gene editing produces hornless cattle …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 7, 2019

JBS drops ractopamine for hogs (Reuters): With an eye toward pork sales to China, meatpacker JBS USA said it will not buy hogs for slaughter from farmers who use of the growth-promoting drug ractopamine, banned by China, the EU and Russia. Russia plants more wheat (FAO): Growers in Russia, the …

Today’s quick hits, October 4, 2019

Ethanol package appears imminent (Reuters): On Friday, the White House is expected to announce a biofuels package that includes a higher ethanol mandate and increased use of E15 — boons for farm groups and ethanol makers — as well as a cap on the price of the credits, known as RINs, that …