More than 50 Million People Are Dealing with Hunger


I’m Betsy Jibben with today’s AgDay Minute.

A new study projects more than 50-million Americans will deal with hunger this year. That number coming from Feeding America. It’s much higher than the 35-million people dealing with hunger before the coronavirus. The organization estimates that adds up to 1-in-6-people and 1-in-4 children. It used unemployment numbers and poverty at the national level to come to those conclusions. The highest state for food insecurity, Mississippi, at almost 23-percent. The biggest increase in the number of people in food-insecure households is California with almost 2-million people affected.

It can be hard to know just when a plant needs water. That’s why researchers at the University of California are putting robots in the field. The idea, to help farmers optimize water use when it comes to watering tens or hundreds of acres. The robots are designed to collect leaf samples and immediately test them to see how much water they need. The project team hopes to have its first prototypes built by next spring.

A new study by global staffing firm Robert Half shows many employees are working around the clock while they’re working at home. It says nearly 7-in-10 professionals working from home because of the pandemic say they work on the weekend. In addition, 45-percent say they regularly are putting in more than 8-hours a day. The study says Tampa is the number one city for employees working remotely and plugging away for more than 8 hours a day.

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