Rebound seen in wheat and corn exports from Ukraine
Russia will set a record for wheat exports during the current marketing year while Ukraine rebuilds its grain shipments, aided by the recent international agreement to end a blockade of its Black Sea ports, said USDA analysts. Bayer, the world’s largest seed and ag chemical company, said on Monday that it would help rebuild Ukraine’s agricultural system but also would continue to sell crop inputs in Russia, the instigator of war with Ukraine.
Judge orders Iowa agency to release list of landowners in pipeline path
An Iowa District Court judge ruled Monday that the Iowa Utilities Board must make the list of landowners likely to be affected by the Summit Carbon Solutions carbon dioxide pipeline available to the public within 14 days.
USDA unveils nutrient management initiative
The USDA will direct additional funds toward voluntary nutrient management projects on the farm and streamline the process of applying for funding, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday. Vilsack said nutrient management would “help farmers address local resource concerns and global food security issues while also improving their bottom line.”
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Extreme heat belt: At mid-century, 1,023 counties covering a quarter of the United States will be in an extreme heat belt that experiences temperatures above 125 degrees at least once during the summer. (First Street Foundation)
Unregulated meal kits: Few of the hundreds of companies that produce recipes or meal kits are required to register with the FDA or to follow its safety requirements against food-borne illness. (Los Angeles Times)
Summer EBT proposal: A permanent, nationwide summer EBT program should include a statewide application that can be completed online to authorize summer food assistance to school-age children and the distribution of EBT cards before the end of the school year, say SNAP directors. (Food Research and Action Center)
Rep. Adams has Covid-19: North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams, vice-chair of the House Agriculture Committee, said she tested positive for Covid-19 and was “following the advice of my doctor and resting to ensure a strong recovery.” (Adams)
Vilsack, Tai in Iowa: U.S. trade representative Katherine Tai and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit a family farm in Woodward, Iowa, to discuss U.S. efforts to develop and maintain markets for ag exports on Thursday. (FERN’s Ag Insider)