Big Buying Is Happening Again at the Grocery Stores


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

Store shelves in some areas…are starting to have blank spots…as people stock up amid fear about more shutdowns and restrictions because of the coronavirus. Paper products and disinfectants are in high demand leading to some major grocery chains restricting how many you can buy at a time. Leaders in the retail industry, saying there is no need to panic and start hoarding again or that could create a problem. But big buying is also happening online. Walmart reports its e-commerce business jumped 79-percent in the latest quarter.

Despite the impact of wildfire smoke on the crop, California winemakers say they expect high-quality wines from the 2020 vintage. A new report from the Wine Institute describes this year’s harvest as “challenging,” with smaller-than-average yields. Vintners in several regions say wildfire smoke did ruin some grapes but say the grapes that were harvested are high quality.

That’s just a small sample of what’s being billed as the first Christmas song for dogs. It’s called “Raise the Woof”. The makers claim it was designed using scientific research into how dogs interact with sound. The song combines a reggae beat with bells, owners’ commands, and squeaky toys. Proceeds from the sale of a limited edition vinyl version will benefit a mental health organization in the UK.

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