Today’s quick hits, March 2, 2021

Farmworker vaccine woes: California is putting an insurance company in charge of coronavirus vaccinations, leaving community organizers and health officials worried that farmworkers will be neglected just weeks before the harvest season crowds them into fields and packing sheds in the Central …

Today’s quick hits, March 1, 2021

Rural electric conundrum: Rural electric cooperatives, a legacy of the New Deal, serve 42 million Americans. Because they are powered by costly, highly polluting coal power plants they will need massive refinancing to transition to greener energy. (InsideClimate News) Heavy-metal food: …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 26, 2021

Monarch butterfly setback: The number of monarch butterflies at their wintering grounds in Mexico plunged by 26 percent this year from 2020 and is only one-third the number recorded in the 2018 survey, said government figures. (Guardian) Low food inflation: After a 3.5 percent rise in grocery …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 25, 2021

Decision in autumn: Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, 87, a leading congressional advocate of biofuels and a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said he will decide “sometime in September, October, or November” whether to run for an eighth term in 2022. A Republican state …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 24, 2021

H-2A wages up modestly: Wages for H-2A guestworkers this year will be about 5 percent higher than in 2020, according to the Labor Department, after a legal battle over the former administration’s proposals to change the formula. (Farmworker Justice) Strain of avian influenza infects …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 23, 2021

‘Zero out of 935’: Some 935 employees say they contracted Covid-19 while working at meatpacking plants in Minnesota but none of their workers’ compensation claims have resulted in a payment. (Minneapolis Star Tribune) Culver leads BLM: The Biden administration appointed Nada Wolff Culver, …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 22, 2021

Soda tax is back: Legislatures in Connecticut, Hawaii, New York and Washington State are considering statewide taxes on sugary beverages; Hawaii Gov. David Ige proposed the highest levy, 2 cents per ounce. (Tax Foundation) Valadao escapes censure: A measure to censure Rep. David Valadao, a …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 19, 2021

Tyson shareholders want reform: The SEC has released voting breakdowns for proposals considered last week at Tyson’s annual shareholder meeting. Although proposals to reform the company’s stock structure and issue a human rights report were overwhelmingly favored by independent investors (by 85 …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 18, 2021

Grapevine threat: Climate change could bring a devastating threat to California vineyards: the spread of grapevine-killing Pierce’s disease, which is caused by a bacterium carried by the glassy-winged sharpshooter. (InsideClimate News) Restoring the prairie: Texas rancher Adam Isaacs, …

Today’s quick hits, Feb. 17, 2021

Agriculture power trio: Three Black Georgians — House Agriculture chairman David Scott, House Appropriations subcommittee chairman Sanford Bishop, and Sen. Raphael Warnock — are “three of the most powerful voices in American agriculture” and food policy. (Atlanta Journal …