A depiction of a very hot day, with steam coming off the roofs of houses.

Roofs and roads going runny: This summer, temperature records are being stretched and scorched from Canada to Armenia, with roofs and roads going runny—and people dying. The former Soviet Union hit a record high on June 28, and northern Siberia, along with the coast of the Arctic Ocean, reported temperatures of up to 40 degrees F above normal on July 5, when temperatures topped more than 90 degrees. Denver hit an all-time high-temperature record of 105 degrees at the end of June, and Montreal posted its highest temperature in 147 years when the thermometer hit 97.9 degrees on July 2. HERE, HERE and HERE.

FOOD SAFETY

Fipronil report cites lack of food safety efforts: A damning report into the fipronil safety scare that embroiled the Dutch egg sector concludes the government and egg producers failed to make food safety enough of a priority. READ MORE

Flesh-eating bacteria strikes again: A 60-year-old father is hospitalized in intensive care after his family says he contracted an infection from flesh-eating bacteria while crabbing in a New Jersey river. Doctors say Angel Perez, 60, developed necrotizing fasciitis, which is usually caused by Vibrio vulnificus. Vibriosis is common and usually caused by eating contaminated food (especially raw seafood) between May and October, when water is warm. Vibrio vulnificus, however, is rare; the CDC estimates some 205 U.S. cases annually. Vibrio vulnificus is normally found in warm waters, such as the Gulf of Mexico.READ MORE

FOOD SECURITY

Milk cooperative calls for price supports:  As low milk prices and trade war collide, AgriMark cooperative is asking the government to step in and boost milk prices. The cooperative, representing 950 member farms in the Northeast, sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking him to implement price floors for butter, cheese and nonfat dry milk, according to Watertown Daily News. In addition to the price floors, the cooperative is asking USDA to purchase cheese, butter and powder to be used in government programs at the requested wholesale prices. READ MORE

FAO report predicts 18 percent increase in fish production: The U.N. food agency says global fish production is expected to grow 18 percent over the coming decade, even as farmed fish production slows down and the numbers of wild-caught fish level off. The Food and Agriculture Organization estimates there will be an 18 percent increase in fish production levels by 2030, to 201 million tons, but called for better management of fisheries, including reducing waste and fighting sea pollution and climate change. The FAO report found that a third of wild fish stocks are being overfished at unsustainable levels, up from 10 percent 40 years ago. READ MORE

All about genome editing: Advances in plant and animal breeding did much to help meet the increasing needs of an expanding world. But continued population growth, resource shortages, climate change, and pest prevalence make sustainability a daunting yet essential task. Genome editing enables unprecedented control over genetic material and offers great opportunity. This position paper from the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology discusses the technology. READ MORE

TARIFFS

Soybean shipments canceled, rerouted: The trade war may have just started, but China has already been making moves in the soybean world as U.S. shipments originally destined for the nation have been canceled or rerouted. China lowered commitments to buy 366,000 metric tons of U.S. soybeans in the season that ends Aug. 31 and cut purchases by 66,000 tons in the following year. READ MORE

Beef producers could lose $70 million: The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) joined a chorus of protein producer associations seeking an end to retaliatory trade tariffs that could cost these industries million of dollars — and jobs — in 2018 alone. The trade group released a 97-second video on YouTube this week noting that just one year after regaining access to China, recent U.S. trade policies could cost beef producers $70 million this year. READ MORE

PUBLIC HEALTH

Progress made toward eradicating disease-carrying mosquitos: In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80 percent of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland. The experiment targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever and Zika. READ MORE

WEATHER EMERGENCIES

Daylight into darkness: A wall of dust enveloped the Phoenix metro area, turning daylight into darkness for more than an hour Monday, as a monsoon storm packing thunder and lightning, high winds and sheets of rain grounded flights and damaged property. READ MORE

Japan death toll rises, and there’s no water, power or food: Akira Tanimoto says his apartment narrowly survived the floods and mudslide at his residential complex over the weekend, and even if he wants to go back there with his wife and two pet birds, he can’t because there is no water, power or food available. Rescuers were combing through mud-covered hillsides and along riverbanks Tuesday searching for dozens of people missing after heavy rains unleashed flooding and mudslides in southwestern Japan, where the death toll has exceeded 150. READ MORE

EMPLOYEES

Maybe a ‘labor shortage’ is not a bad thing? They say “labor shortage” like it’s a bad thing. This writer says a “labor shortage” is really good news, meaning it’s easier for unemployed people to find jobs, more appealing for people who quit the workforce out of frustration to get back in, and likelier that companies will decide they must pay higher wages to attract talent. READ MORE