Today’s quick hits, July 10, 2020

Bill would limit line speeds: Democratic Reps. Marcia Fudge, Rosa DeLauro, and Bennie Thompson filed a bill in the U.S. House that would block faster line speeds at meatpacking plants, whether by USDA waiver or through implementation of the New Swine Slaughter Inspection System. Democrat Cory …

Today’s quick hits, July 9, 2020

Free school meals for all: The Urban School Food Alliance, which represents 12 school districts with a combined 3.6 million students, will launch a campaign on Thursday urging free meals for all public school students in the upcoming school year, said executive director Katie Wilson. (The …

Today’s quick hits, July 8, 2020

June was warmest ever for world: Unusually hot weather in Siberia helped make last month the hottest June worldwide on record, tieing the mark set in June 2019 of temperatures 0.53 degrees C (0.95 F) above the 1980-2010 mean. (Washington Post) Treatment for citrus-greening disease: A naturally …

Today’s quick hits, July 7, 2020

High food insecurity in Black, Hispanic households with children: Nearly four of every 10 Black and Hispanic households with children “are struggling to feed their families during the coronavirus pandemic,” twice the rate for white households with children and a wide racial gap that …

Today’s quick hits, July 6, 2020

Smithfield fights OSHA subpoena: Smithfield Foods asked a U.S. district judge to quash an OSHA subpoena that seeks South Dakota state documents pertaining to coronavirus test results, correspondence with Smithfield, and photos of Smithfield’s Sioux Falls plant, which closed temporarily in …

Today’s quick hits, July 1, 2020

Cornavirus negotiations begin July 20: Negotiations between House and Senate leaders for a new coronavirus relief bill will begin on July 20, when lawmakers return from the Independence Day recess, said Senate Finance chairman Chuck Grassley, who hopes to include assistance for farmers and …

Today’s quick hits, June 30, 2020

Coronavirus payments near $4.9 billion: Livestock producers have received $2.43 billion, or half of the $4.86 billion that has been paid in coronavirus relief payments to 319,544 producers, according to a weekly update of the $16 billion fund. (USDA) Farm Progress Show cancelled due to …

Today’s quick hits, June 29, 2020

A German weak spot for Covid-19: With eight outbreaks linked to the meat industry, Germany’s meat processing industry “has emerged as the Achilles heel” of the nation’s otherwise successful struggle against the coronavirus pandemic. (Washington Post) Pendley tabbed as …

Today’s quick hits, June 26, 2020

Child nutrition waivers extended (USDA): Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the extension through June 2021 of an array of waivers that will allow schools to serve grab-and-go meals and meals in the classroom. Schools will also have more control over the foods included in the meals. …

Today’s quick hits, June 25, 2020

Senators question meat exports (New York Times): Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker asked the four major meatpackers how they could export large amounts of meat to China during April even as they were warning of a shortage of beef and pork at home. Food is not a coronavirus risk, …