Today’s quick hits, April 8, 2020

Beer industry at risk (Brewers Association): As much as 50 percent of the country’s independent breweries could close in a matter of weeks or months as public health measures keep people home. Demand outpaces supply of restaurant relief (Eater): Within a few days of opening, some …

Today’s quick hits, April 7, 2020

Workers at corn plant have coronavirus (Reuters): Four workers at an ADM corn processing plant on the Mississippi River in Clinton, Iowa, tested positive for the coronavirus and the facility is being deep-cleaned to prevent further spread of the virus. Use the map to find lunch (USDA): The …

Today’s quick hits, April 6, 2020

Market for seafood ebbs away (Associated Press): Seafood prices have tumbled as restaurants shutter their dining rooms, and some fishermen have tied up their boats until the coronavirus outbreak subsides. Dogsled delivery of groceries (NPR): Hannah Lucas, a convenience store clerk in Maine, is …

Today’s quick hits, April 3, 2020

Food banks need $1.4 billion (Food Bank News): Feeding America, an anti-hunger group, said U.S. food banks will need $1.4 billion in additional resources over the next six months because of a rising demand for assistance, fewer donations from foodmakers and grocers, and a steep drop in …

Today’s quick hits, April 2, 2020

Food banks implore USDA to change protocols (Washington Post): Although food banks are seeing a major increase in demand, the USDA has delayed an administrative change that would allow food bank staff and volunteers to distribute food faster and more safely. Trader Joe’s workers speak out …

Today’s quick hits, April 1, 2020

Food donations spike (Miami Herald): In Florida, food banks are being flooded with produce from area farms and restaurants whose supply chains have crumbled in the wake of coronavirus-related restaurant closures. Meat plant hit by possible coronavirus (Wall Street Journal): The meatpacker JBS …

Today’s quick hits, March 31, 2020

UFW sends second appeal to growers (United Farm Workers): After getting no response to an email urging American growers to protect farmworkers, the union sent another urging “real steps to stem the virus.” A restaurant CSA? (Washington City Paper): Restaurants in Washington, D.C., …

Today’s quick hits, March 30, 2020

Fewer in-person interviews for H-2 visas (State Department): In a step to assure U.S. food security, consular offices can waive the requirement for in-person interviews of applicants for H-2 visas, which include agricultural guestworkers, “for first-time and returning H-2 applicants who …

Today’s quick hits, March 27, 2020

From rainforest to palm oil (Mongabay): Backed by an investor in New Zealand working with a politically connected Indonesian family, work has begun on clearing a Papua rainforest for the world’s largest palm oil plantation. With Covid-19, less sleep for truckers (Investigate Midwest): The …

Today’s quick hits, March 26, 2020

Influential chef dies from Covid-19 (Eater): The acclaimed New York City chef Floyd Cardoz died Wednesday from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Farmers want more trade war payments (Agri-Pulse): In a poll showing landslide support for the re-election of President Trump, 62 percent …