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Today’s quick hits, July 1, 2022

Win for Iowa CAFOs: In a blow to rural property owners, the Iowa Supreme Court gave livestock farms partial immunity from lawsuits alleging that water pollution or odors from the farms create a nuisance. (Associated Press) EPA suggests atrazine rules: The EPA, in an effort to protect aquatic …

Today’s quick hits, June 30, 2022

To people from pigs: A strain of highly antibiotic-resistant bacteria that has emerged in livestock over the past 50 years is a small but growing cause of MRSA infections in Europe, say scientists. (University of Cambridge) NSAC turns to Lavender: Mike Lavender, a senior official in the food …

Today’s quick hits, June 29, 2022

Funding for biobased products: Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31 for a $10 million pilot program to develop biobased products that have a lower carbon footprint and increase the use of renewable agricultural materials. (USDA) U.S. aims at illegal fishing: The Biden administration is …

Today’s quick hits, June 27, 2022

Food inflation forecast rises: Food prices will rise by an average of 8 percent this year compared to average prices in 2021 — 1 percentage point higher than forecast a month ago and the highest inflation rate in four decades, said the monthly Food Price Outlook. (USDA) Gates’ purchase …

Today’s quick hits, June 24, 2022

GMO wheat in Australia: Bioceres, the developer of GMO wheat, will seek approval to plant its HB4 wheat in Australia in 2024 and has applied for permission to grow the drought- and herbicide-tolerant crop in the United States. (Reuters) Overtime for farmworkers: Farmworkers across the country …

Today’s quick hits, June 23, 2022

Tester, Booker tackle consolidation: In a 67-second video that employs gleeful pratfalls and slapstick humor, Democratic Sens. Jon Tester and Cory Booker call attention to their bill for a moratorium on agricultural consolidation. (Tester) West to face Bishop: In a runoff election in …

Today’s quick hits, June 22, 2022

Big Food lags on CO2 cuts: A new study says that at best food and beverage manufacturers, suppliers and retailers may cut emissions by 29 percent by 2030, well short of the 38 percent goal set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. (Bloomberg) Kellogg splits into three: Kellogg plans to split into …

Today’s quick hits, June 17, 2022

U.S.-Ukraine ag pact: The United States and Ukraine agreed to a three-year partnership to rebuild and strengthen the agriculture and food sectors in Ukraine, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. (USDA) Floods close formula plant: Just days after Abbott reopened its infant formula plant in …

Today’s quick hits, June 16, 2022

Farm labor wages climb: Farm operators paid workers an average of $17.22 an hour this spring, up 8 percent from a year ago, according to a USDA report that offers “further evidence that inflation is hitting growers hard.” (The Packer) More formula for WIC: Mead Johnson Nutrition has been …

Today’s quick hits, June 15, 2022

Biden gets ocean reform: President Biden said he looked forward to signing into law the ocean shipping reform bill passed by Congress to bar freight lines from unreasonably refusing to load U.S. cargo. (White House) House GOP on ag agenda: To help the farm economy, President Biden should …

Today’s quick hits, June 13, 2022

HPAI toll nears 40 million: With the discovery of bird flu in two Colorado flocks totaling 1.98 million chickens, U.S. losses to highly pathogenic avian influenza in domestic flocks rose to 39.92 million birds since early February. (USDA) Burning crops amid drought: Short of water, farmers in …

Today’s quick hits, June 10, 2022

Central Valley race set: California Rep. David Valadao, a member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on agriculture, prevailed over Trump supporter Chris Mathys and will face state Assemblyman Rudy Salas, a Democrat, in the general election in U.S. House District 22. (Hanford Sentinel) Aid …

Today’s quick hits, June 9, 2022

Axne race shifts: While Democratic Rep. Cindy Axne has a larger campaign fund, the redrawn 3rd House District in Iowa “may be too red” for her in the race against the Republican nominee, Zach Nunn. That race, formerly a toss-up, is now rated “leans Republican.” (Sabato’s Crystal Ball) Atlas …

Today’s quick hits, June 8, 2022

Russia destroys commodities terminal: Ukrainian authorities said Russian shelling destroyed the second-largest grain terminal in the country, in Mykolaiv, near the Black Sea. An agricultural official said the Russian blockade would limit grain exports to no more than 2 million tonnes a month. …

Today’s quick hits, June 6, 2022

A call for shipping reform: In listing ways to reduce inflation, President Biden urged Congress to complete work on ocean shipping legislation to prevent freight lines from charging exorbitant rates for cargo containers. (White House) Sturgis plant resumes operation: Abbott Nutrition said it …

Today’s quick hits, June 3, 2022

FDA to reassess BPA risks: After more than a decade of pressure from environmental health advocates, the Food and Drug Administration is set to reconsider the health effects of BPA, a common and controversial chemical used in plastic food packaging. (E&E News) Right-to-repair lawsuits: Nine …

Today’s quick hits, June 2, 2022

Food crisis may ease: While calling for decisive action to keep food and energy flowing from the Black Sea region, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “I think there is progress” in the negotiations to mitigate a world food crisis. (VOA News) Destructive moth in Napa: The grapeleaf …

Today’s Quick Hits, May 27, 2022

Lake Erie more toxic?: U.S. and Canadian plans to reduce phosphorus loads in Lake Erie to diminish harmful algal blooms may backfire, warn scientists. (Science) Groups seek tariff relief: The Biden administration can ease inflation in the agriculture and food sector by suspending, reducing, or …

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