Today’s quick hits, Oct. 20, 2021

Vilsack to join picketers: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was scheduled to join striking Deere employees in Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday, one of several political leaders who have showed support for the union workers. (KWWL-TV)

House Ag markup: Among the six bills the House Agriculture Committee will consider at a business meeting on Thursday will be legislation to provide additional funding for scholarships at historically Black land-grant colleges, said chairman David Scott. (House Agriculture)

Early purchases surge: U.S. farmers are buying seeds and ag chemicals earlier than usual in an attempt to circumvent supply chain slowdowns, said a top executive at agricultural and pharmaceutical giant Bayer. (Reuters)