Western Growers Face Shipping Difficulties

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

The backlog of ships off the California coast is starting to have an impact on Western growers. California farmers say they are having trouble exporting their crops. California port officials say shipping costs are so high now, many ships hurry back to Asia instead of picking up exports of walnuts and almonds.

One grower reported that he usually sells about 80-percent of his walnut crop overseas, but this year he’s concerned there aren’t enough shipping containers or warehouses to put the crop. Some processors have resorted to paying much more to ship their products to ports in Texas and Maryland. California accounts for 16-percent of the nation’s ag exports.

The strike at Kellogg’s is raising the cereal company’s costs as it contends with continuing inflation and supply-chain disruptions. More than 1-thousand employees walked off the job at Kellogg’s US cereal plants last month. Union workers say they will continue to strike until a deal is reached.

A 25-hundred bison is no longer roaming free in New Jersey. He had escaped from a farm in Monmouth County. He was tracked down, contained, tranquilized, and taken back to the large farm where he lives with other bison. The county SPCA says while the photo angle makes him look thin, the animal is in ideal shape.

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