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

More money is on the way to help keep kids fed at school. USDA announced it is putting 750 million more dollars into the school meal program nationwide. It adds up to an additional 25 cents per lunch. It’s to cover higher food costs amid the supply chain crunch. The move means schools will now get 22-percent more for school lunches than normal.

The Wall Street Journal reported that some small restaurants are heading back to Congress for aid, saying their challenges are worsening as the Omicron variant surges across the country. US restaurants and bars are dealing with higher costs, growing debts, and customers fearful of the latest virus variants. That’s according to a letter signed by more than 33 hundred operators. The restaurant operators say that they are in danger of closing permanently if a federal fund, that was adopted last year to assist the food-service industry, isn’t replenished soon.

Meet the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Dog of the Year. Her name is “Fit”. She is a Border Collie owned by Florida producers Cindy and Andrew Deak. Fit is five years old and helps move sheep from pasture to pasture and assists with all kinds of chores on the farm. She will get 5 thousand dollars in prize money, along with a trophy and a year’s worth of dog food.

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