Today’s quick hits, Jan. 21, 2022

Wildfire recovery funds: Accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Vice President Kamala Harris was set to announce $600 million in federal aid on Friday to help California recover from its worst wildfire season on record. (Los Angeles Times) Pipelines’ carbon impact: Three …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 20, 2022

P-EBT languishes: Only eight states have been approved for the Pandemic-EBT program this year, and with students mostly back in schools, administrators say it’s an overwhelming task to track who is eligible for USDA aid for buying food to eat at home. (Washington Post) Corn yield …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 19, 2022

NBB changes name: At its annual conference, the National Biodiesel Board changed its name to Clean Fuels Alliance America to “represent all its members: Biodiesel, renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuels.” (NBB) Examine food consolidation: The House Judiciary antitrust …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 14, 2022

Criticism of Scott: In not-so-private comments, some Capitol Hill Democrats say Rep. David Scott, the first Black chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, should be replaced — an extraordinary step — before the committee begins work on the 2023 farm bill. (Politico) Meat conference shelved: …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 13, 2022

USDA nominees advance: The Senate Agriculture Committee advanced the nominations of Chavonda Jacobs-Young for USDA undersecretary for research and Margo Schlanger for USDA assistant secretary for civil rights for a floor vote. (Senate Ag) New EPA pesticide policy: In a reversal of decades of …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 12, 2022

Man gets pig heart: Surgeons have transplanted the heart of a genetically modified pig into a 57-year-old Maryland man, the first such operation to succeed and opening the possibility of animal organs as a backup when human organs are unavailable for transplant recipients. (New York Times) …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 10, 2022

Undeterrred, Thune runs: Although former president Trump has tried to recruit a challenger, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate and a member of its Agriculture Committee, said he will run this year for a fourth term. (Thune) Omicron and meat: Pork and beef …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 7, 2021

Omicron goes rural: The explosion of Covid-19 infections due to the omicron variant is moving into rural areas, where the number of new infections rose 72 percent last week. (Daily Yonder) Pipeline lawyer: Jess Vilsack, son of the U.S. agriculture secretary, is general counsel for a proposed …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 6, 2022

CHS sees record income: Agribusiness cooperative CHS Inc. reported first-quarter net income of $452 million — its highest ever and six times its net income for the same period in 2021 — thanks to the global economic recovery and robust demand for grains and oilseeds. (CHS) Fewer rural rioters: …

Today’s quick hits, Jan. 5, 2021

SNAP boost for Kentucky: An estimated 14,000 low-income households in Kentucky may be eligible for a month of food stamps under the Disaster-SNAP initiative for people living in disaster areas, said the USDA. (Food and Nutrition Service) An unfair healthy soils program?: A California program …