Today’s quick hits, Oct. 22, 2021

Judge limits strikers: Responding to a request by Deere and Co., an Iowa district court judge said that only four UAW strikers at a time can picket each entrance to the company’s Davenport Works, and that they cannot bring chairs or use burn barrels to keep warm. (WQAD-TV) Drought …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 21, 2021

GMO corn for Mexico: Mexico’s agriculture minister said the country would allow imports of U.S.-grown GMO corn “for agro industries” but would not allow domestic cultivation of the GMO crop. Mexico is the No. 2 market for U.S. corn. (Reuters) Strike worries farmers: With …

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 …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 19, 2021

Deere negotiations resume: Four days after union workers went on strike, negotiators from Deere and Co. and the UAW met to discuss a resolution of the strike and a long-term labor contract. (Quad City Times) Controlling PFAS contamination: EPA administrator Michael Regan announced a …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 18, 2021

Glyphosate ruling: The Supreme Court of Mexico denied four appeals of the decision to ban the weedkiller glyphosate and the sowing of corn varieties genetically modified to tolerate the herbicide, according the press reports. (AgriCensus) Deere CEO sells stock: John May, chief executive of …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 15, 2021

Billion-dollar portfolio: The Iowa Farm Bureau, “a nonprofit organization that sits atop multiple for-profit companies,” reported $100 million in total revenue, more than any other farm bureau, and has an investment portfolio worth more than $1 billion. (Investigate Midwest) Califf …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 14, 2021

USDA vaccination deadline: All USDA employees must be fully vaccinated by Nov. 22 or seek a medical or religious exemption, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a memo to employees. (USDA) Deere strike possible: More than 10,000 workers at Deere and Co, the world’s largest …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 13, 2021

USDA state directors: President Biden announced the appointment of a dozen state directors of the USDA’s rural development and farm service agencies. The first batch of appointees included former Rep. Bobby Etheridge of North Carolina. (White House) Most feel climate change: At least 85 …

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 …

Today’s quick hits, Oct. 8, 2021

Offices to stay open: “I suspect we will do what needs to be done to keep offices open,” responded Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack when asked if service at USDA local offices would be affected by a requirement that federal employees be vaccinated against Covid-19. (FERN’s Ag …