Why China is buying so much sorghum

Agriculture

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

It doesn’t get a lot of attention, but U.S. sorghum has become a popular grain for China to buy. China has already outpaced what it bought in both 2017 and 2018. Why? Experts say it’s a combination of agriculture and industrial demand. Plus, a popular liquor in China is made from sorghum. Experts say during the pandemic the Chinese drank more, resulting in a greater need for U.S. Sorghum.

More fall out from the pandemic, with many wine tasting rooms in California closed. Some small wineries say their business has declined to “virtually zero.” Others have found success in online sales and tastings conducted via videoconference. Smaller wineries in particular tend to depend on tasting-room sales. Larger wineries that sold wine primarily through restaurants have suffered more than those that focus on retail sales.

Astronauts need to eat in space, but it needs to taste good, too. That’s why NASA and the Canadian Space Agency are joining forces for the Deep Space Food Challenge. The effort is to develop food system technologies for long-duration deep space missions. The technology or system must use minimal resources and produce minimal waste while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food. Officials say those advanced food systems could benefit people here on Earth, too. Companies from the U.S. can compete for part of a prize purse of up to 500-thousand dollars.

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