‘No fowl play’ as Biden pardons Thanksgiving turkeys
In a traditional moment of White House whimsy ahead of Thanksgiving, President Biden pardoned tom turkeys “Chocolate” and “Chip” on Monday. An outbreak of bird flu has driven up turkey prices and crimped supplies for the holiday season.
After poor start, little improvement in winter wheat
The winter wheat crop was planted amid drought in the Plains and, for the third week in a row, remains in poor shape, said the weekly Crop Progress report on Monday. Winter wheat accounts for the bulk of U.S. wheat production.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Step toward alcohol labeling: The federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau will propose rules for alcohol content, calorie and allergen labeling on all beer, wine and distilled spirits, announced a coalition of consumer groups. (Center for Science in the Public Interest)
Sikes to lead Cargill: On Jan. 1, Brian Sikes, Cargill’s current chief operating officer, will succeed David MacLennan as the company’s CEO. (Cargill)
Rail strike possible: The largest U.S. rail union, representing 28,000 conductors, narrowly rejected a contract with freight railroads, raising the possibility of a nationwide strike before the end of the year. (ABC News)
Sino-U.S. tariffs relief elusive: A face-to-face meeting of U.S. and Chinese leaders failed to deliver relief for the trade-war tariffs that remain in place on hundreds of billions of dollars in products. (Politico)
Dutch food production setbacks: The Netherlands’ success in doubling food production over the last couple of decades, which was aided by technological advances, is challenged by rising energy prices and concern over nitrogen emissions. (Washington Post)