Today’s quick hits, May 23, 2022

Food security a Quad topic: White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said India’s reluctance to allow larger wheat exports “will be a topic of conversation” at this week’s meeting of the leaders of the United States, India, Japan and Australia. (White House)

Fewer hens laying eggs: The U.S. hen flock is down 6 percent due to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, but egg production is off only 3 percent compared to this time last year. (USDA)

Growers seek more guestworkers: Applications by growers to hire short-term guestworkers increased 17.5 percent in the first two quarters of fiscal 2022, according to Labor Department data. (The Packer)

Indonesia ends export ban: Weeks after it banned exports of palm oil, Indonesia said it would remove the ban this week while requiring palm oil processors to take part in a program to keep an adequate supply of the cooking oil at home. (Al Jazeera)

Cubans feel food pinch: In its worst economic crisis in decades, Cuba lacks money to pay for food imports and Cubans “have been hit by mass shortages of dairy and other basic goods.” (Washington Post)