Today’s quick hits: Oct. 12, 2021

Food price pressure: The FAO Food Price Index, based on prices of commonly traded food commodities, soared by 33 percent in the past year as the global economy recovered from the pandemic woes of 2020. (Food and Agriculture Organization)

‘Roll back tariffs’: Chinese vice premier Liu He called for removal of U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods during virtual talks with U.S. trade representative Katherine Tai, as the nations try to recalibrate the trade relationship. (Reuters)

Farm Bureau seeks minority farmers: The largest U.S. farm group and the National Society for Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) signed an agreement with the goal of increasing minority involvement in agriculture. (AFBF)

Less coastal fog: Fog is vanishing from many shoreline zones, a likely consequence of climate change that could affect agricultural production now nourished by the moisture. (Inside Climate News)

‘Make agriculture sexy’: French technology billionaire Xavier Niel wants to “make agriculture sexy” to attract young people to farming and shake up government-cosseted French agriculture. (New York Times)