Today’s quick hits, Nov. 15, 2021

New Deere offer: The UAW said 10,000 striking workers at Deere and Co. will vote on a proposed contract, the third offer from the world’s largest farm equipment manufacturer, “that includes modest modifications” to a contract voted down on Nov. 2. (UAW)

Never-ending Covid: For a year and a half, the San Joaquin Valley of California has been a perennial hotspot for Covid-19, a result of low vaccination rates, poverty, politics and a shortage of doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. (Los Angeles Times)

Rural drugstore deserts: Rural America is losing its pharmacies due to consolidation and price pressures, leaving 41 million people without easy access to a drugstore. (Washington Post)

Dicamba misuse cited: In the first enforcement action by the EPA over dicamba label violations, Nutrien Ag Solutions, based in Colorado, will pay a $668,100 penalty for applying two dicamba products “in a manner inconsistent with the approved label” instructions on at least 27 occasions. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

Hatch to ISS: Astronauts threw a taco party to celebrate their first harvest of seven Hatch peppers grown on the International Space Station, part of a larger experiment in growing fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement the packaged food sent on space missions. (High Country News)