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

If you’re planning on buying a real Christmas tree this year, get ready to pay more. The National Christmas Tree Association says prices are higher because supplies are tight this year. Plus, the demand for real trees is very high. The cost to produce Christmas trees has gone up quite a lot. Experts say you can expect to pay on average about 10-percent more than last year.

And the supply chain crunch continues to impact California farmers trying to ship products overseas. The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association says farmers and shippers are facing a financial squeeze as they struggle to get cargo on outgoing vessels from crowded US ports. Shipping delays are also impacting California tree nuts, of which 70-percent are exported.

One kid, who spends warmer months grazing on weeds and invasive species in Clive City, Iowa, decided to take a road trip for winter break. Last week Steve the goat escaped his enclosure and went on the lam. Roaming across town for four and a half days, one family spotted Steve at a car dealership. He was finally captured on Friday and brought home.

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