Today’s quick hits, August 22, 2019

Threat forces USDA officials off crop tour (Reuters): USDA employees, including a leader of its crop statistics agency, left a midwestern crop tour because of a telephone threat of violence midway through the four-day examination of corn and soybean fields, according to three unnamed sources. …

Today’s quick hits, August 21, 2019

Consent order rebounds against CFTC (Financial Times): Kraft Heinz and Mondelez accused the Commodity Futures Trading Commission of violating the terms of a consent order in which the companies agreed to pay a $16 million fine to resolve an alleged wheat-trading scheme. Pesticides suspected in …

Today’s quick hits, Aug. 20, 2019

Dairy enrollment nears 17,000 (USDA): More than 60 percent of dairy farms with established production histories have enrolled in the Dairy Margin Coverage subsidy created by the 2018 farm bill. The program subsidizes farmers when the cost of feed is too close to the average price for milk. High …

Today’s quick hits, Aug. 19, 2019

Antibiotic spray ineffective against citrus greening (New York Times): In a test of a medically important antibiotic approved for spraying orange trees, researchers found the oxytetracycline had no impact on citrus greening, a bacterial disease that kills orange and grapefruit trees. E-Verify …

Today’s quick hits, August 16, 2019

EPA to review M-44 predator poison (EPA): Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the agency will take a closer look at the use of sodium cyanide in spring-loaded M-44 devices, which are used to poison livestock predators, because of the risk it poses to birds and mammals attracted to the bait. Nunes …

Today’s quick hits, August 15, 2019

Largest rooftop farm? Paris. (Guardian): A mammoth rooftop farm spanning nearly 3.5 acres — big enough to be both the largest rooftop farm and the largest urban farm in the world — is under construction on top of an exhibition center in southwestern Paris, with plans to open next year. Let them …

Today’s quick hits, August 14, 2019

New Jersey lags behind on cottage laws (New York Times): New Jersey is the last state where it’s still illegal to sell homemade foods for profit. Three aspiring entrepreneurs are suing the state health department to push the issue. Rebuilding underway after Tyson fire (Harvest Public …

Today’s quick hits, August 13, 2019

Life after an ICE raid (New York Times): In the wake of last week’s raids at seven Mississippi poultry plants, family members of detained workers returned to the plants to pick up left-behind tools and abandoned cars, and to ponder what comes next for the plants’ employees. Don’t underestimate …

Today’s quick hits, August 9, 2019

Monsanto tracked activists, journalists (Guardian): Seed and ag chemical giant Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, operated a “fusion center” to discredit journalists and activists who criticized the company and its Roundup weedkiller, at one point pondering “legal action” against singer and activist …

Today’s quick hits, August 8, 2019

New farm policy proposal (Medium): Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren introduced another plan for addressing farm issues, including fighting consolidation, revamping supply management policies, increasing conservation payments, and more. Glyphosate trial may be postponed (Reuters): The …