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Today’s quick hits, June 13, 2024

Louisiana okays raw milk: State legislators passed a bill to legalize the sale of raw milk in Louisiana as long as it is labeled “not for human consumption.” More than 30 states now allow the sale of unpasteurized milk. (nola.com) Food-waste plan: The USDA, FDA, EPA, and White House announced …

Today’s quick hits, June 10, 2024

H5N1 in Wyoming herd: Wyoming is the 12th state with a dairy herd infected by the H5N1 avian flu virus, said state officials. (Wyoming Livestock Board) Aridification challenges Drought Monitor: The long-running trend toward dryness in the U.S. West raises questions about whether the weekly …

Today’s quick hits, June 7, 2024

Wet spring reduces drought: Only 12 percent of the contiguous 48 states, mostly in the southern Plains and U.S. Southwest, was in drought at the start of this week, compared to nearly 33 percent at the beginning of the year. (Drought Monitor) 30 million ‘base’ acres: The farm bill approved by …

Today’s quick hits, June 6, 2024

High cost of free meals: In a 2022 referendum, Colorado voters approved free lunch and breakfast for all students, but with participation up more than 30 percent, the program could run out of money by the end of the 2025 school year. (Daily Yonder) Cover crops earn their keep: Cover crops …

Today’s quick hits, June 3, 2024

Menendez said to intercede with USDA: Former Agriculture undersecretary Ted McKinney, testifying in the bribery trial of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, said the senator told him to “stand down” when USDA questioned a monopoly contract. (Associated Press) Heat and Health Index: The …

Today’s quick hits, May 31, 2024

Iowa, Missouri free of drought: A rainy spring has washed drought out of Iowa, the No. 1 corn state, for the first time since June 2020 and out of Missouri for the first time since June 2022. (NOAA) Tough to get SAF credits: The eligibility standard for sustainable aviation fuel tax credits is …

Today’s quick hits, May 30, 2024

Prices and rural shoppers: Price is the most important issue for U.S. grocery shoppers overall, though more rural shoppers (44 percent) than urban shoppers (31 percent) consider it the top factor. (Purdue Center for Food Demand Analysis) Judge denies cow-calf bid: A federal judge in Minnesota …

Today’s quick hits, May 24, 2024

Bird flu in 58 herds: The H5N1 bird flu virus has been confirmed in six additional dairy herds, raising the U.S. total to 58 infected herds. Michigan has the most, 19, an increase of four. (USDA) Funding for domestic fertilizer: The USDA announced $83 million for projects in 12 states to expand …

Today’s quick hits, May 23, 2024

Chavez-DeRemer opponent set: Democrats in western Oregon nominated state Rep. Janelle Bynum to oppose first-term Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, a Republican member of the House Agriculture Committee. Bynum defeated Chavez-DeRemer in legislative races in 2016 and 2018. (Sabato’s Crystal Ball) …

Today’s quick hits, May 21, 2024

Electric spoon: Japanese drinks giant Kirin Holdings will start selling an electrified spoon that researchers claim can promote healthier eating by enhancing salty tastes without extra sodium. (Reuters) Pathogens travel with livestock: Tens of millions of farm animals cross state lines every …

Today’s quick hits, May 20, 2024

Raw milk sales surge: The FDA warns against consumption of unpasteurized milk because it might contain harmful germs, not to mention the H5N1 bird flu virus, but sales appear to be on the rise. (PBS) Kansas wheat recovery: After two drought-depressed years, the winter wheat crop in Kansas is on …

Today’s quick hits, May 17, 2024

Cultivated chicken sales: A high-end Singapore meat shop has begun retail sales — the first ever for cultivated meat — of Good Meat 3, a blend of 3 percent cultivated chicken and plant proteins, with a 4.25-ounce package priced at the equivalent of $5.35. (Good Meat) Deere revenue down: Deere …

Today’s quick hits, May 16, 2024

Food inflation stable: The inflation index for food was unchanged during April, and for the third month in a row, the annualized food inflation rate was 2.2 percent, said the Consumer Price Index report. (Department of Labor) H5N1 amplifies regulatory fractures: Long-standing divisions between …

Today’s quick hits, May 13, 2024

Lower row crop prices: Farm-gate prices for corn, soybeans, wheat, and cotton would fall for the second year in a row, said USDA’s first projection of this year’s harvests; the soybean crop would be the second-largest ever. (USDA) Farm bill lobbying power: The agribusiness sector …

Today’s quick hits, May 10, 2024

Slower rise in land values: Midwestern farmland values were 4 percent higher in the first quarter of 2024 than they were in the same period last year, the smallest year-over-year gain since fall 2020, said ag bankers in a quarterly survey. (Chicago Federal Reserve Bank) Lab meat ban: Alabama …

Today’s quick hits, May 9, 2024

Decades of USDA payments: More than 10,000 individual farms received USDA payments every year between 1985 and 2023 for farm subsidies or disaster relief, for a combined total of nearly $11.2 billion. (Environmental Working Group) Wonderful replaces groves: California’s wealthiest farm family, …

Today’s quick hits, May 6, 2024

‘Catastrophe’ for golden rice: An appeals court in the Philippines blocked the production, sale, and testing of so-called golden rice, saying there was no scientific consensus on the safety of the rice that has been genetically modified to contain vitamin A. One of golden …

Today’s quick hits, May 3, 2024

Celebrating women farmers: The UN General Assembly, looking to increase awareness of the role women play in food production, adopted a resolution declaring 2026 the International Year of the Woman Farmer. (FAO) Vilsack on the Mississippi: On Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and other …

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