Lumber prices skyrocket 325%

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

If you need to buy lumber, you may get a case of sticker shock. Lumber prices have skyrocketed more than 325-percent since last year. Analysts say three things are causing it a labor shortage wet weather in the southeast that’s put a damper on harvest and millers that can’t get rid of sawdust and chips. Experts say lumber inventories were tight leading up to the pandemic…but there’s stil a lot of wood available.

A new study says there are health benefits to switching to biodiesel in our vehicles and homes. Researchers say using biodiesel in home heating oil and transportation can lower cancer risk, cause fewer premature deaths, and reduced asthma attacks. The research, conducted at 13-sites in the U-S exposed to high rates of petroleum diesel pollution. Biodiesel is a low-carbon, renewable fuel made from things like recycled cooking oil, soybean oil, and animal fats The research was conducted by Trinity Consultants…and sponsored by biodiesel groups.

The leftovers from grapes used for wine, could one day be used as a food supplement. Researchers at the University of California, Davis, are studying grape skins, seeds, and other residue left after grapes are crushed for wine. They say analysis of the residue shows it contains health-enhancing compounds… along with particular sugar molecules…that they believe could be developed into products to benefit our health.

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