Food Insecurity Could Impact 270 Million People This Year

Agriculture

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

The weather is helping to get harvest 20-20 going right now. USDA reporting 8-percent of the corn crop has been harvested and that’s just two percent behind the five-year average. Soybean harvest is now 6-percent done right on par with the five-year average.

Cotton harvest also going well with 11-percent out of the ground 1-percent better than normal. Right behind all that, winter wheat planting is going on also running a bit ahead of schedule with 20-percent planted. That’s 1-percent better than the five-year average.

A new crisis is brewing because of COVID-19 and that’s hunger. Experts say it could cause a new wave of famine across the globe. The World Food Program says it has reached 85 million people so far this year with a goal to reach some 50 million more. However, it warns that money is tight. They say hunger is on its way to being the greatest crisis humanity has faced in a lifetime. Acute food insecurity is expected to almost double this year, to 270-million people.

Costco is bringing back its wine advent calendar this year. Each calendar box will come with 24-half-bottles of wine that you can sample from December 1st until Christmas. The wines come from different parts of the world including France, Italy, and Portugal. Flying Blue, which creates the calendar says it will only be available at Costco stores starting the first week of October.

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