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Evening Edition | Friday, June 17, 2022

Tonight in the Evening Edition, catch up on the latest news about steps to improving food insecurity, new market reformations, and climate action.

FOOD SECURITY

United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. The MOU guarantees the two countries share information about crop production and practices in an effort to improve agriculture productivity.

This MOU is a three-year partnership between the two nations, implementing two programs from the U.S. to aid Ukrainian research.

“Ukraine needs the world’s support,” Vilsack says. “This MOU will amplify the strategic partnership between our two nations and leverage our collective strength to enhance productivity, address supply chain issues, and identify food security challenges.”

The House of Representatives is divided on how to negotiate the extension of school meal waivers. Bridget Huber reports the waivers previously established during the pandemic are set to expire on June 30, 2022.

“It’s been really devastating, and not just to the people that you would normally count as low income. There are so many people struggling that you wouldn’t think would be,” says Jennifer Bove, East Hampton school district’s director of food and nutrition services.

More than half of children in the United States qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

MARKET REFORMATIONS

A new USDA position has been approved by the House of Representatives, a special investigator to enforce fair-play rules. This new position was paired with six other bills, aimed at keeping inflation down by reducing fuel and food costs.

Chuck Abbott reports Republican representatives approved generally of the package, except for the proposal of the special investigator, which they referred to as the “poison pill.”

If passed, the bill would also authorize the summertime sale of gasoline that is 15% corn ethanol and would help farmers adopt precision-agriculture technology as part of the package.

CLIMATE ACTION

President Joe Biden asked countries to cut emissions and aim for zero-emission vehicles at the Major Economies Forum. He also asked that they invest in speeding up the adoption of cleaner technologies and fertilizers.

Countries in the Major Economies Forum contribute to 80% of the world’s emissions, and this year’s gathering occurred at a critical point in time. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has driven energy prices up and demonstrated Europe’s dependence on Russian natural gas.

"It's ... shown a very bright light on where the solutions are, and what it takes to get there," says a senior White House official.

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