USDA will help ‘keep the kids fed’ during Covid-19, says Perdue
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told school food directors on Monday the government will help them continue feeding children if schools close due to Covid-19.
Coronavirus forces delays in food and ag meetings
Organizers announced the delay of three conferences, involving dairy farmers, consumer activists and hemp entrepreneurs, because of the widening outbreak of the coronavirus on Monday.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Confident on China despite coronavirus (Ag Insider): Although “we don’t know yet” if the coronavirus will impair China’s purchases of U.S. ag exports, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said “they seem very serious” about the so-called phase one agreement and removing barriers to sales.
Coronavirus drives soybean prices (farmdoc Daily): Uncertainty over the impact of the coronavirus “looks to set market expectations” with soybean prices volatile in the near term, says economist Todd Hubbs of the University of Illinois.
Bullock enters Senate race in Montana (Vox): Gov. Steve Bullock, who briefly ran for the Democratic nomination for president, announced his candidacy for the Senate against incumbent Republican Steve Daines, fueling hopes by Democrats of winning control of the Senate this fall.
Investor sues Bayer over Monsanto (Bloomberg): An American investor sued Bayer in state court in New York for damages over its “disastrous” 2018 purchase of Monsanto, which faces thousands of lawsuits over its pesticides.
Vegan diet gains followers (Plant-Based News): Some 9.7 million Americans are following a plant-based diet, according to Lpsos Retail Performance, a retail analytics company.