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

The Biden Administration is releasing more details about its plan to conserve 30-percent of US land and water by the year 2030. Government officials, calling it the “America the Beautiful” plan. It relies on voluntary efforts to preserve public, private, and tribal areas. A report says the effort will mean thousands of new jobs and a stronger economy while also addressing climate issues and expanded access for disadvantaged communities to the outdoors.

Right now, only 12-percent of U.S. land is considered to be conserved. To reach the 30-percent target would require adding an additional area twice the size of Texas. You’re paying more for many food items at the grocery store right now. The Consumer Price Index from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the largest month-to-month increase in almost nine years.

Prices last month for pork chops and chicken breasts are up more than 10-percent. Eggs and cheddar cheese are up 6-percent. Cherry harvest is underway in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Marketers say they expect a big crop and high quality. The California Cherry Board expects harvest to continue through mid-June… adding farms and packers have worked to protect employees from the pandemic through vaccinations and other safeguards.

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