Shortage of Mason Jars & Lids Across the Country


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute. The August 10th Drecho has now been officially classified as a billion-dollar disaster, joining 16-others so far this year. Called an in-land hurricane, the historic wind storm in August severely impacted grain bin storage on farms in portions of Iowa, and the work to repair the damage could take years.

Rob Bohnsack said, “We just don’t have the capacity to get them to put up because of manpower. We could use a lot of bin crews with jacks and mill rights. We just don’t have them.”

Bohnsack says winter will also cause a delay. His crews will likely build throughout November if the weather holds.

Those chocolate-covered ice cream bars known as ‘Eskimo Pies’ — have a new name. Now, they’re ‘Edy’s Pies’, named in honor of one of the company’s founders, Joseph Edy. The name change comes after Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, the company that makes it, said it recognized the term is derogatory.

More people are spending time growing their own food and preserving it, and that has led to a surge in home canning and apparently a shortage of mason jars and lids. A spokesperson for Ball Brand Canning Products saying, the entire canning industry recently experienced an unprecedented demand. The company, saying it is increasing production and finding additional manufacturers. Right now there is limited product availability at stores and online.

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