‘Genius grant’ for prof. who created prairie strips to reduce farm runoff – September 29, 2021

‘Genius grant’ for prof. who created prairie strips to reduce farm runoff

Iowa State University professor Lisa Schulte Moore, a creator of prairie strips in farm fields to markedly reduce soil erosion and nutrient loss, won a $625,000 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’ on Tuesday. Schulte Moore, one of 25 winners announced by the foundation, was described as a “landscape ecologist working closely with farmers to build more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems.”

Global assembly called on cutting food waste

The Champions 12.3 coalition, dedicated to the UN goal of halving food loss and waste by 2030, said on Tuesday it would begin a series of assemblies in October to encourage countries and companies to reach that goal. More than one-third of food produced in the world is lost or wasted each year.

Today’s Quick Hits

Price-reporting vote: The Senate Agriculture Committee was scheduled to vote on Thursday on an extension of the mandatory livestock price reporting law, a tool for transparency in marketing that will expire on Thursday at midnight without congressional action. (Senate Ag)

Restore Bears Ears Monument: The Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition asked President Biden to act immediately and restore the original boundaries of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, which President Trump cut by 85 percent. (Washington Post)

Obama garden redux: The Obama presidential library will include a fruit and vegetable garden, inspired by Michelle Obama’s White House kitchen garden. It will be located on the roof of the Chicago Public Library building that will house the presidential library. (Obama Foundation)

School lunch shortages: Schools across the country scramble to produce school meals amid shortages of everyday items, such as bread and apple juice. Some educators expect supply-chain disruptions to worsen in the months ahead. (New York Times)

Robo-inventory: Midwestern grocery chain Hy-Vee is the latest supermarket operator to send robots to scan the shelves of its stores and keep track of which items are running low. (Supply Chain Dive)

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