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

The Omicron variant is making the supply chain crunch worse. The Wall Street Journal reported that it is threatening operations at America’s busiest port. It says infection rates are rising rapidly among dockworkers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Pacific Maritime Association says about 800-dockworkers were out sick for COVID-related reasons at the start of this week. That represents about 10-percent of the roughly 8-thousand-person daily workforce.

And omicron is intensifying the worker shortage along the entire food chain, and people have been sharing what they’re seeing at grocery stores on the AgDay Facebook page. Such as an empty milk cooler at a Walmart in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. And less-than-stocked chicken section at a store in Delaware. At Stew Leonard grocery stores in the Northeast, it’s reported that 8-percent of workers were in isolation last week.

Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg has sold his own brands before, but now he may soon be selling hot dogs. According to Billboard.com, the rapper recently filed for a federal trademark for ‘Snoop Doggs.’ The filing is meant to secure the name before starting the brand. But it’s only a first step, like the time he filed a similar trademark for an ice cream brand named ‘Snoop Scoops’ which hasn’t happened.       

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