**The U.S. animal protein sector will see 12% higher feed costs in 2021 due to higher corn and soybean meal prices.

That analysis from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division, says U.S. livestock and poultry producers will factor in more feed cost inflation next year than at any time in the last decade.

According to agweb.com, the report notes feed costs have been relatively flat since 2012, helping the beef, pork and poultry sectors see the greatest ever 5-year expansion between 2014 to 2019.

https://www.agweb.com/article/rising-feed-costs-challenge-cattle-and-hog-producers?mkt/

**The USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement is accepting applications to the 2021 Lincoln Leaders Program, which includes fellowship opportunities for faculty and staff at Hispanic-Serving Institutions, 1994 Tribal Colleges, and 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

The fellowships connect participants to USDA and other federal resources to enhance their professional knowledge.

Fellows will receive access to long-term collaboration opportunities to share with students and colleagues at their home institutions.

**A longtime ag and water leader from Sonoma County received the California Farm Bureau’s highest honor during its Annual Meeting last week.

Grape grower Tito Sasaki received the Distinguished Service Award.

Farm Bureau also presented Fresno County farmers Nick and Kimberly Rocca and San Diego County winemaker Alysha Stehly with awards for young farmers and ranchers, and honored the Monterey, Napa, Sonoma and Sacramento County Farm Bureaus.