Millions still without power in Texas

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

Anger over the power situation in Texas is growing as ice and snow continue to be an issue. Nearly 3-million people in the energy capitol of the U.S. were still without power as of Wednesday. The outages follow unusually heavy snowfall and single-digit temperatures in Texas that created a surge in demand for electricity to warm up homes. Republican Governor Greg Abbott, now calling for an investigation of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. It operates the state’s power grid. Officials say wind turbines have frozen or needed to be shut down. Natural gas and coal-fired power plants need water to stay online. Yet some water facilities froze in the cold temperatures and others lost access to the electricity they need to operate.

Americans are renewing their interest in gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic, and farmers who grow seeds for home gardeners have seen demand increase. Farmers and seed companies say the more-popular seeds include specialty vegetables and herbs, pollinator-friendly plants and, crops that grow well in small spaces.

There’s now science to support that pigs are smart. Researchers say they were able to train four pigs to use computer joysticks. They trained the pigs to manipulate the joysticks in order to control a cursor on a computer screen. Once they hit a target, they would get a treat. Researchers called the pigs’ success rate remarkable.

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