World Food Program Wins Nobel Peace Prize


I’m Betsy Jibben with today’s AgDay Minute.

USDA is investing 22-million dollars in 14-states to try to get Americans to buy more ethanol. It’s awarding 22-million dollars in grants to gas stations, convenience stores and fuel distribution sites in those states. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, announcing the grants at several stops in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.

Sonny Perdue said, “It’s gonna create pumps that are convenient for consumers to use for e15, e30, e85, without having to go hunt for it in the back of the station somewhere.”

The new program is called the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program, which has up to 100-million dollars in grants available.

We could see fewer apples coming out of Washington state this year. The Washington Apple Commission, expecting a 10-percent dip in production. Members saying it’s due in part to a recent windstorm and more selective picking.

Harvest in the state right now is about 70-percent completed. A program that helps combat hunger around the world, is this year’s winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. The World Food Program works in areas facing conflict and hardship. The Nobel Committee saying through its choice it wants to turn the eyes of the world onto the hungry.

The Rome-based United Nations agency has long specialized in getting assistance to some of the world’s most dangerous places. In 2019, the organization helped around 100-million hungry and starving people. This year, that number has already expanded to around 135-million, largely because of the pandemic.

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