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

Farmers and ranchers are assessing the damage after dangerous storms and tornadoes tore through eight states over the weekend. An especially hard-hit area was Mayfield, Kentucky. Jake Whitford says Mayfield Grain is his family’s facility, which includes three locations. Two of which were destroyed in the storms. University of Kentucky’s research station in Princeton was also destroyed in the storm. The research station was established in 1925 to help farmers in the Western Kentucky area.

Food prices have now jumped to their highest level in nearly 40 years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says, over 12-months, food prices at restaurants jumped nearly 6 percent. That’s the highest jump since 1982. Grocery prices are also at record highs: jumping nearly six and a half percent during the same period. That’s the largest 12-month increase since December 2008.

And when shopping for groceries, more people are opting to go online. It’s reported that US online grocery sales generated 8.6 billion dollars in sales in November. That’s a six percent gain over the last year. Also last month, almost 69 million Americans bought groceries online. That’s a 15 percent jump over November of last year.

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