Today’s quick hits, Aug. 26, 2021

Vietnam to ease duties: In conjunction with a visit by Vice President Kamala Harris, Vietnam said it would reduce or eliminate import duties on U.S. corn, wheat, and pork products. The country is forecast to buy $3.8 billion worth of U.S. ag exports this fiscal year. (White House)

GOP takes aim: Six members of the House Agriculture Committee are among the 15 Democrats targeted by the House Republican campaign committee in ads declaring an “inflation crisis” in America. (NRCC)

H-2A visas soar: The annual total of H-2A certified positions could exceed 300,000 for the first time ever this fiscal year, continuing the rapid expansion, averaging 14 percent a year, of the past decade. (American Farm Bureau Federation)

Racial justice agreements: Up to $50 million is available to organizations, colleges, and individuals to carry out Racial Justice and Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements that expand the delivery of conservation assistance to historically underserved farmers. (USDA)

Farms at food banks: Some food banks and pantries operate small on-site farms that provide starter plants for home gardens and advice on nutrition as well as fresh food for distribution. (Food Bank News)