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

USDA announces it is investing 1-billion dollars in the country’s food bank networks. 500-million will support emergency food assistance through the Emergency Food Assistance Program. 400-million will support local, regional, and socially disadvantaged farmers. 100-million will help food aid groups expand their service to rural, remote, and high poverty communities.

Scientists say Maine’s wild blueberry fields are warming at a faster rate than the rest of the state. The University of Maine researchers say the warming of the blueberry fields could endanger the berries and the farmers who tend to them. That’s because rising temperatures could lead to water issues…which could results in smaller crop sizes and blueberries that are less likely to survive.

Hey, check this out. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a single Red Piranha was caught recently at University Lakes in Baton Rouge. The Red Piranha is native to South America and found in the Amazon Basin. Officials believe it was a pet that was released into the lake. They are currently investigating to see if there are more. Prianha’s have the reputation of being vicious predators, but wildlife experts say they’re more likely to scavenge for dead or dying prey. That said, they’re asking for folks to be careful.

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