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Today’s quick hits, Dec. 5, 2022

Ag delinquency rates drop: Farm loan performance has strengthened, with less than 10 percent of commercial banks reporting loan delinquency rates above 3 percent, “the lowest share on record.” (Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank) Tai warns on corn trade: During a meeting, U.S. trade …

Today’s quick hits, Dec. 2, 2022

Trouble for Starbucks: The National Labor Relations Board ruled Wednesday that Starbucks violated labor law by refusing to bargain with unionized workers at its Seattle mega-cafe. (Bloomberg) Congress imposes rail contract: Acting a day after the House, the Senate voted, 80-15, to impose a …

Today’s quick hits, Dec. 1, 2022

EU’s carbon trade deficit: To reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 55 percent by 2030, the EU is planning to divert croplands to bioenergy, though doing so will increase food and biofuel imports. Already the EU uses one hectare of land abroad for every four it uses in Europe, creating a “land …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 30, 2022

‘Be more pro-producer’: Zach Ducheneaux, head of USDA’s Farm Service Agency, said at a Chicago Federal Reserve Bank conference, “I think we’ve got to be more pro-producer” in operating the agency’s farm lending programs and offer friendlier terms. (FERN’s Ag Insider) House vote on rail bill: …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 29, 2022

GMO corn push: On a visit to Mexico, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack threatened legal action over the country’s plan to ban GMO corn and other products by 2024. (USDA) Missed infections: Climate change is causing soil-borne lung infections to appear in places where they haven’t …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 28, 2022

Adaptation or aberration?: Environmentalists say wetlands will suffer and big farmers will benefit from a French program to construct huge reservoirs to capture rainwater to irrigate farmland. (New York Times) Record land-fallowing: Drought forced California farmers to idle 10 percent of …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 23, 2022

Pay for livestock disasters: Meatpackers would be required to prepare disaster plans and contribute to a fund to assist producers culling livestock during catastrophes, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, under a bill unveiled by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. (Booker) First step in Ag Census: The …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 21, 2022

Record dam-removal project: U.S. regulators approved a plan to demolish four dams on the lower Klamath River and open hundreds of miles of salmon habitat in the largest dam-removal and river-restoration project in the world. (AP) House Ag goes Cuba: A delegation of three House Agriculture …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 18, 2022

Black farmers sue: The National Black Farmers Association is suing the U.S. government for backtracking on its debt-relief plan. (Modern Farmer) COP27 focus on farms: New initiatives will shift the climate focus to agriculture, including an effort to help smallhold farmers reduce methane in …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 17, 2022

FDA okays lab-grown meat: The Food and Drug Administration finished a premarket review of lab-grown chicken made by Upside Foods, the first time cell-cultured meat has been evaluated by the FDA, clearing the way for the USDA to approve it for sale. (FDA) USDA analyst swayed merger decision: A …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 16, 2022

‘The easiest committee’: Retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy, a 48-year member and a former chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said he was told as newly elected senator that Agriculture was “the easiest committee to get on and the hardest to get off.” (Senate …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 14, 2022

Child labor: A federal judge ordered Packers Sanitation Services to stop “employing oppressive child labor.” The company is accused of employing at least 31 children to work overnight shifts cleaning meat-processing plants. (New York Times) Tyson CFO faces charges: Six weeks after …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 10, 2022

President says no to GMOs: With a trade dispute brewing, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his government cannot buy yellow corn from the United States because it does not want genetically modified corn. (Reuters) Railroad cooling-off period: U.S. freight railroads and the …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 9, 2022

Perennial rice takes root: With 36,000 acres planted, researchers at Yunnan University in China say their perennial rice requires less labor while yielding as much grain as annually planted rice. (NPR) Seven pesticides a day: Urine samples obtained as part of the Heartland Study indicate that …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 7, 2022

Bird flu in 46 states: Highly pathogenic avian influenza was confirmed in domestic flocks in Mississippi, Arizona and South Carolina, raising the U.S. total to 46 states since early February. (USDA) Delay RFS announcement: Under an agreement with trade group Growth Energy, the EPA has until …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 4, 2022

Waivers ‘appear ad hoc’: The EPA has no policies or procedures for deciding whether to exempt small refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard, and the number of waivers varies year to year, so “agency decisions appear ad hoc, resulting in market uncertainty.” (Government Accountability Office) …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 3, 2022

Kansas race leans Democratic: With a reapportioned congressional district drawn to favor Democrats, the rematch between Rep. Sharice Davids, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, and Republican Amanda Adkins “leans Democratic,” said a political handicapping site. (Sabato’s Crystal Ball) …

Today’s quick hits, Nov. 2, 2022

Turkey will cost more: Americans will pay record-high prices for Thanksgiving turkey at the grocery store but there should be enough turkeys to go around, although they may weigh less than usual. (CoBank) Southern Sierra forests die: Over the past decade, wildfires, drought and bark beetle …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 31, 2022

Less Colorado River water: Less water would be released from Glen Canyon and Hoover dams under a proposal by the Bureau of Reclamation to conserve water in the drought-stricken Colorado River basin. (Interior Department) Ag-labor reform: Pennsylvania farmers say the congressional session after …

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