$300 million in losses to Texas citrus crop


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

Texas is starting to add up the damage following last week’s deadly cold snap. Already, Texas is estimating damage just to the state’s citrus crop at over 300-million dollars. That is not good news for the number three citrus-producing state in the nation. It could put more pressure on food inflation which has been on the rise due to the impacts of the pandemic. There’s also concern the damage to trees could cut into next year’s crop. Texas is the number two grapefruit producer in the country.

Remember those mysterious seed packages that wound up in people’s mailboxes last summer? USDA has wrapped up its investigation. It reports it found no evidence someone was intentionally trying to harm agriculture in the country with the shipments. Instead, they believe the seeds were part of a “brushing scam” something some internet sellers do to increase transactions.

Sad news for ice cream fans, Dairy Queen is canceling its traditional Free Cone Day this year. The company announcing the decision on its Facebook page. The event usually takes place on the first day of spring. It was postponed last year because of the pandemic. Dairy Queen saying it is looking forward to having the event next year.

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