Today’s quick hits, August 3, 2023

Farmworkers and heat: A new report finds that U.S. farmworkers currently face 21 days of dangerous heat per year. By 2050, this number will increase by 85 percent, with half of all U.S. agricultural counties experiencing heat extremes above 105°F. (Environmental Defense Fund)

Farm bill agenda: Asked about new items in the 2023 farm bill, House Agriculture Committee chairman Glenn Thompson cited calls for a stronger crop insurance program and more money for export promotion but said higher reference prices were “a heavier lift.” (Red River Farm Network)

Russia hits Danube port: Russian drones damaged infrastructure and 40,000 tonnes of grain in Izmail, Ukraine’s main port on the Danube River, as Moscow expands its efforts to shut down the country’s grain exports. (Reuters)

Water supplier uses bacteria: The central Minnesota town of Cold Spring is the first in the state to use bacteria to remove nitrate contamination, often a result of agricultural runoff, from the public water supply. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

Fertilizer prices fall: Although prices for the major types of fertilizers are on a yearlong decline from record highs set in spring 2022, they remain well above the average prices of the recent past. (farmdoc daily)