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Today’s quick hits, February 23, 2024

Guidance on genome-edited plants: The Food and Drug Administration issued a “guidance for industry” document that describes how companies can voluntarily engage with the agency to demonstrate the safety of their products before marketing food from genome-edited plants. (FDA) Snow piles up in …

Today’s quick hits, February 22, 2024

Federal shutdown likely: House Republicans “have shifted … to expecting a government shutdown” in early March; the USDA would be among the departments running out of money the first of the month, and a full shutdown would take effect on March 8. (Axios) WTO negotiator is fired: With a new …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 20, 2024

Biden to slow EV transition: The Biden administration will revise a proposed regulation to allow a slower ramp-up in sales of electric vehicles, sources said, a concession to carmakers and labor unions; ethanol and farm groups also opposed the rule. (New York Times) Middle ground on SAF: …

Today’s quick hits, February 16, 2024

Sanders wants better labels: The FDA’s work on front-of-package labels for food and beverages does not adequately alert consumers and especially children to products that are harmful to their health, said Sen. Bernie Sanders, chairman of the Senate Health Committee. (U.S. Senate) ‘Factory farm …

Today’s quick hits, February 15, 2024

School lunch debt collectors: Four of the largest school districts in Nebraska “use private collectors to recoup unpaid lunch tabs” owed by students, according to an analysis. (Flatwater Free Press) East Coast is sinking: Overpumping of groundwater is the major factor behind land subsidence …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 12, 2024

Scourge or feedstock?: The pinyon pine and juniper forests of the desert West often are viewed as a wildfire threat. But they could become feedstock for production of renewable methanol under an agreement between Denmark and the state of Nevada. (Los Angeles Times) Catfish sales slip: Sales of …

Today’s quick hits, February 9, 2024

Monarch populations plunge: Monarch butterfly colonies occupied just 2.2 acres of forest in central Mexico this winter, a 59 percent drop from last winter’s 5.5 acres and the second-smallest area reported since the survey began in 1993. (World Wildlife Fund) Improve SNAP delivery: In a letter …

Today’s quick hits, February 8, 2024

Judge nixes dicamba approval: The EPA failed to follow the rules in its 2020 approval of dicamba, a widely used weedkiller, ruled a federal judge in Tucson, Arizona, vacating the herbicide’s registration and putting into question whether dicamba can be used on this year’s crops. (Reuters) USDA …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 5, 2024

Sixth decline for food index: The FAO Food Price Index fell for the sixth month in a row in January, down 1 percent due to lower prices for cereal grains and meat; the index is 10.4-percent lower than one year ago. (FAO) U.S.-China biotech legislation: The House select committee on competition …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 2, 2024

Protests bend EU agenda: Following a meeting with farm groups protesting environmental rules and proposed cuts in supports, EU leaders indicated farm subsidies would not be affected by the push to lower the cost of the EU’s long-term budget. (Euractiv) Snow drought in West: Although …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 1, 2024

Smaller U.S. cattle herd: A USDA survey indicated there were 87.2 million head of cattle in the United States at the start of this year, down 2 percent from 2023 and the lowest total since 1951; the calf crop also was down 2 percent. (USDA) Lawsuit challenges environmental laws: Six business …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 29, 2024

Throwing soup at Mona Lisa: Two environmental protesters, calling for “healthy and sustainable food,” threw pumpkin soup at the Mona Lisa; the 500-year-old painting, behind protective glass, was not damaged. (BBC) States vs. food additives: A bill filed in the Illinois legislature …

Today’s quick hits, January 26, 2024

Composting grants: The USDA will award $11.5 million to 38 cooperative projects through its Composting and Food Waste Reduction program to support “innovative, scalable waste management plans to reduce and divert food waste from landfills.” (USDA) Bill to end anonymous complaints: Legislation …

Today’s quick hits, January 25, 2024

Draining aquifers: Groundwater supplies are dwindling in aquifers around the world, said a report in the journal Nature, with declines being the most rapid in drier regions with extensive agricultural activity. (Inside Climate News) Armstrong runs for governor: Instead of seeking re-election to …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 22, 2024

Unfair fertilizer subsidies: After a court-ordered review, the U.S. International Trade Commission reaffirmed its 2021 decision that domestic fertilizer producers are harmed by imports of phosphate fertilizer subsidized by Morocco and Russia. (ITC) River ran dry legally: Several miles of the …

Today’s quick hits, January 19, 2024

Congress approves stopgap funding: On bipartisan votes of 77-18 in the Senate and 314-108 in the House, Congress passed a bill to fund the government until early March, averting a partial shutdown of the USDA on Friday. (U.S. House) U.S., China ag leaders meet: At the first meeting of the …

Today’s quick hits, January 18, 2024

USDA taps nutrition leader: Kumar Chandran was named acting undersecretary for nutrition, overseeing programs including SNAP, WIC, and school lunch, after three years as a nutrition adviser to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (USDA) Greenland glaciers retreating: The Greenland ice sheet lost …

Today’s quick hits, January 12, 2024

‘Fully fund WIC’: Congress should provide an additional $1 billion for the Women, Infants, and Children food program this month to prevent a reduction of benefits in 2024, said the Biden administration. USDA funding runs out next week. (USDA) Who’s unhappy? Rural Americans: An online poll says …

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