I’m Tricia Sloma with today’s AgDay Minute.
We hear about the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in big cities, but how is it going in rural America? Industry leaders tell us, it depends on the state. Alan Morgan of the National Rural Health Association says states like West Virginia, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Indiana are doing fairly well. While states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas are struggling.
It looks like people are drinking more milk during the pandemic. The National Milk Producers Federation, releasing some stats, says retail dairy buys which jumped at the beginning of the pandemic remained higher throughout last year. You can see butter saw the largest increase, up more than 25-percent from the previous year, with more people baking at home. And milk consumption also grew, with a more than three-and-a-half percent increase in total fluid milk.
Meanwhile, there was more red meat produced during December of last year than any other December on record. The USDA says commercial red meat production during last month was 4-point-8-billion pounds. That’s up 3-percent from December 2019. If you’ve tried to build a deck or do work around the house this year you know how high lumber prices have been. In fact, lumber futures climbed a whopping 115-percent in 2020, settling at a record of 928-dollars per 1-thousand board feet on September 1st. But the rally has faded following a rebound in supplies, prices are down 20-percent so far this year.
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