Today’s quick hits, Sept. 21, 2020

Greenfield leads Ernst in Iowa Poll: Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield leads first-term Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, 45-42, among likely voters, with a margin of error of 3.8 points. (Des Moines Register) Governor violates apple quarantine: …

Today’s quick hits, Sept. 18, 2020

Agriculture favors Peterson: In GOP-leaning western Minnesota, Republicans have offered voters the option of a well-financed conservative, but so far the agricultural sector seems to be sticking with the Democratic incumbent, House Agriculture chairman Collin Peterson. (MinnPost) Biden likes …

Today’s quick hits, Sept. 17, 2020

Groups seek new hearing in weedkiller case: Environmental groups asked for a rehearing, before the entire Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, of their lawsuit challenging EPA approval of Corteva’s Enlist Duo herbicide. The groups contend the agency did not properly consider the risk the …

Today’s quick hits, Sept. 16, 2020

U.S. broke trade rules with China tariffs: The WTO ruled that U.S. tariffs on $360 billion of Chinese imports, dating from 2018, were discriminatory, excessive and in violation of global trade rules. U.S. trade representative Robert Lighthizer said the WTO was impotent when confronted with …

Today’s quick hits, Sept 15, 2020

P-EBT expires on Sept. 30: Every state implemented P-EBT, created in March to help low-income parents buy groceries for children who miss school meals because of closures, but the program is due to expire at the end of September unless Congress agrees on coronavirus legislation. (CBPP) Branstad …

Today’s Quick Hits, Sept. 14, 2020

USDA seeks more hemp comments: For the second time, the Agricultural Marketing Service re-opened the public comment period for its industrial hemp regulations, this time asking for comment by Oct. 8 on a dozen topics including disposal and remediation of plants containing too much THC, whether …

Today’s Quick Hits, Sept. 11, 2020

Biodiversity being destroyed at record rate: Humans are overusing the Earth’s biocapacity by at least 56 percent, and agriculture is one of the “biggest threats” to biodiversity. (Living Planet Report 2020) Fertilizer and climate change: From its energy-intensive production to the …

Today’s Quick Hits, Sept. 10, 2020

Glowing algae in Chesapeake Bay: A bioluminescent algae — Alexandrium monilatum — that can be harmful to fish and oysters has turned waves blue at night in the lower Chesapeake. (The Virginian-Pilot) U.S. financial agency warns of climate risk: The Commodities Futures Trading Commission, which …

Today’s quick hits, Sept. 9, 2020

How Covid-19 spread in Brazilian JBS plants: Over 4,000 JBS employees have tested positive for Covid-19 and at least six have died in the meatpacker’s home country of Brazil; the nation has the world’s third-largest outbreak of the virus. (Reuters) Another poultry antitrust lawsuit: …

Today’s quick hits, Sept. 8, 2020

USDA food boxes said to be overpriced: The USDA food box program is costing the agency far more than what the USDA “typically pays farmers and manufacturers for food it buys for food banks and schools—and, in some cases, well above what they’re actually worth.” (The Counter) …