Today’s quick hits, Nov. 17, 2021

Farm Bureau opposes BBB: The largest U.S. farm group, the American Farm Bureau Federation, asked U.S. representatives to vote against the $1.75 trillion “build back better” bill, saying it would “exasperate” the pain of inflation and ultimately hurt farmers and ranchers. (AFBF)

Deere vote Wednesday: UAW members on strike against Deere and Co since Oct .14 will vote on Wednesday on the third offer by the equipment maker for a long-term contract. (WQAD-TV)

Vietnam cuts tariffs: Following through on a commitment made in August, Vietnam issued a decree to eliminate its tariffs on imported wheat and reduce its duties on corn to 2 percent and frozen pork to 10 percent. (USDA)

Faux meat demand down: Grocery industry data indicate sales of plant-based meat alternatives are down compared to levels in 2020 and prices are down modestly, “strong evidence that demand (i.e., consumers’ willingness-to-pay) for meat alternatives has fallen.” (Jayson Lusk)

Healthy school food: For the most part, foodservice companies comply with USDA standards for food served in public schools and could meet more stringent standards, said an analysis of 2,000 products offered by 28 major foodservice companies. (CSPI)