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

At least five people died when a powerful storm system swept across the Great Plains and Midwest. The system…spawning hurricane-force winds and tornadoes in Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota. The National Weather Center says Wednesday set a record for the highest number of hurricane-force wind gusts in a single day. The high winds produced dust storms in Western Kansas and visibility on I-70 was virtually non-existent. It also sparked wildfires in central Kansas.

Some ranchers in the area reported that they lost their homes and cattle. In Minnesota, two possible tornadoes touched down, the first-ever reported in the state in the month of December. And the high winds in the west created a messy situation in one Colorado neighborhood…trash tornadoes. The streets of Arvada were littered with garbage. It was thanks to gale-force gusts that blasted a nearby landfill.

The White House has a new plan to help get more truckers on the road. The administration announced a 3-pronged plan to try to recruit and retain truck drivers. The plan will include finding new drivers and recruiting veterans, many of whom are already trained, into the profession and taking on some of the long-standing industry issues. Currently, the American Trucking Association says the industry is facing a shortage of 80-thousand drivers.

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