18 Weather & Climate Disasters So Far This Year

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I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

This year has been a big one so far for weather and climate disasters. NOAA reports there have been 18-weather and climate disaster events with losses exceeding 1-billion dollars each. They include drought, two flooding events…9 severe storms, 4 tropical cyclones, 1 wildfire, and 1 major winter storm. In total, it says all these events caused the deaths of 538 people.

Supply chain and labor shortages have companies looking to add robots to their operations. A new poll by the Federal Reserve says a third of businesses that are having a hard time hiring are turning to automation. That includes food companies like Hormel. It makes Spam and Skippy Peanut butter.

Take a moment to meet Doug. That’s the name of what may be the world’s biggest potato. A New Zealand couple, Colin, and Donna Craig-Brown found the giant spud just growing in their garden. They had no idea it was even there. The spud, named “Doug”, weighs in at a whopping 17.4 pounds. The current record is a potato weighing just under 10-pounds back in 2011. They’re waiting on the Guinness Book of World Records to certify it. Colin says he plans to turn Doug into vodka.

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