Today’s quick hits, Aug. 16, 2022

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)

Most meal kits unregulated: 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)

Proposals for summer EBT: 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 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)