Today’s quick hits, June 25, 2019

Solar farms as big as a lake (Dayton Daily News): State officials have approved six solar farms in four Ohio counties covering a combined 12,573 acres, as big as the largest inland lake in the state, but there is dissension in rural communities over using land for electrical power rather than …

Today’s quick hits, June 24, 2019

Chinese ag official elected as FAO leader (The Hagstrom Report): Qu Dongyu, China’s vice minister of agriculture and rural affairs, was elected to a four-year term beginning on Aug. 1 as director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. He is the first Chinese and first communist to …

Today’s quick hits, June 21, 2019

Cherry farmers allege unfair competition (Agri-Pulse): Michigan cherry farmers charge that dried tart cherries from Turkey are being imported at below market value, undermining the value of their own harvest. USDA to run disease lab (USDA): Officials from the Department of Homeland Security and …

Today’s quick hits, June 20, 2019

Another round of Trump tariff payments? (Reuters): The head of the largest U.S. farm group said that if there’s no progress in coming months on trade deals or resolving the trade war with China, American farmers will need a multibillion-dollar federal bailout for the third year in a row. …

Today’s quick hits, June 19, 2019

Treat a fruit fly infestation with…more flies (New Food Economy): A USDA program that dumps millions of sterile male fruit flies into the Florida skies has a counter-intuitive goal: cut down on the number of flies threatening the state’s produce harvest. Freeze and bargain on USDA …

Today’s quick hits, June 18, 2019

Butter vs. margarine battle rages on (Bloomberg): Wisconsin is attempting to support the dairy industry by banning plant-based dairy alternatives from labeling themselves as “butter,” creating issues for at least one producer of such products. How to grow a rural population? Pay up …

Today’s quick hits, June 17, 2019

Bayer tries new approach to weeds (Wall Street Journal): Bayer will invest over $5 billion in the next 10 years to develop new ways to fight weeds, attempting to win back trust after a slew of lawsuits alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide causes cancer. Climate change by another …

Today’s quick hits, June 14, 2019

Battle over bottled water (Desert Sun): Nestlé pumped 45 million gallons of water from California’s San Bernardino National Forest last year for its Arrowhead bottled water line, and now state officials are investigating whether the company has rights to that water. Tyson joins the fake-meat …

Today’s quick hits, June 13, 2019

Access to health care is a 2020 issue (BPC): In larger numbers than their urban neighbors, rural Americans say access to medical specialists is a problem in their communities, and three out of five rural voters would support a candidate in 2020 who prioritizes rural health care, according to a …

Today’s quick hits, June 12, 2019

U.S. bests other countries in pesticide use (Environmental Health): A new study finds that the U.S. lags behind the EU, Brazil, and China in regulating harmful pesticides, and has made pesticide regulation “largely an exercise that requires consent by the regulated industry.” Why …