With UAW on strike, Deere says, ‘We’ll keep running’ – October 15, 2021

With UAW on strike, Deere says, ‘We’ll keep running’

The world’s largest farm equipment maker, Deere and Co., said managers and other salaried employees would keep its factories operating in the face of a strike by 10,000 union workers. “We’ll keep running,” the company said on Thursday.

More USDA nominees in the pipeline, says Vilsack

The White House is currently vetting possible nominees for key sub-cabinet positions at the USDA, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack during a teleconference on Thursday. “I suspect we will be seeing nominees soon on some of those vacancies.”

Today’s Quick Hits

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 for FDA?: President Biden may nominate Robert Califf to be commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. He led the agency during the final months of the Obama administration. (Roll Call)

Heirs property project: A nonprofit law firm announced a project to help low-income Mississippi families hold on to inherited land that passed between generations without a clear title. (Associated Press)

Farmworkers left out: Although more than 100,000 people have filed cancer lawsuits against Bayer over its weedkiller Roundup, it is unlikely any of the suits were filed by migrant farmworkers, who may fear retaliation, lack the financial resources, or not have legal immigrant status. (Environmental Health News)

Fertilizer prices soar: The price of anhydrous ammonia fertilizer has topped $800 per ton for the first time since mid-July 2013, and nearly all of the major fertilizers are up in price by sizable amounts. (DTN/Progressive Farmer)

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