Farmers and Inflation
Charles Murphy, partner in journalism from our sister station WOKC reports, our farmers and ranchers are feeling the pinch from inflation. Although dairy farmers had a good year in 2021, with dairy prices rising by 22 percent, demand for fluid milk declined. Sam Miller, Managing Director of Agriculture at BMO Harris Bank says, everyone can agree that the ag sector is running about 2 and a half times what the core level of inflation in the economy is, and that is a significant headwind for the ag sector. He says the war in Ukraine has not been impacting dairy prices.
The ACOE Plan Review Pushed Back
Jim Yocum and Erica Skolte, the communications team at the ACOE reports, the release of the Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual draft Environmental Impact Statement and Water Control Plan documents for review by federal, state, tribal partners and members of the public, has moved to mid-summer because feedback from the initial draft documents, requires additional analysis by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District. The new date for the state and agency review required under the National Environmental Policy Act is now scheduled to begin in late July rather than May. The Jacksonville District team will post the updated schedule to the project website. More information about the project, along with details on past and future PDT meetings, is available on the district website at https://www.saj.usace.army.mil/LOSOM/.
Local Fishing Tournament Winners
A record 198 teams gathered outside the lock in Clewiston Saturday morning waiting for safelight, and the launch of the 2022 Roland Martin Marine Center Series on Lake Okeechobee. As the teams returned and gathered around the tanks and stage the tournament bags were filled to the brim! And when the last bag hit the scales, the team of Kail Stevens and Bradley Macqueen returned to the winner’s circle as the champions. With a winning weight of 28.97 pounds, the team of Stevens and Macqueen lifted the big check for $8,000 as the champions of qualifier #1 of the 2022 season. Coming in second with 26.83 pounds was the team of Nicholas Hoinig and Matt Wieteha that started off strong but finished a little over two pounds shy of the big check. Make sure you don’t miss out and register your team early for the next qualifier on June 11, 2022.
Food Pantry Feeling Effects of Inflation
The Glades Initiative Food Pantry in Belle Glade is preparing for the rising cost of food. According to a news source, Americans are paying about 10% more for food at the grocery store than a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Karis Engle, the president and CEO of The Glades Initiative says, the program averages 350 families every week, and starting in April, even that number increased. Engle said inflation is not only impacting families in need, it’s also costing more to purchase the food for the pantry. The USDA expects food prices will continue to go up even more. The food pantry is holding distributions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and delivers meals to seniors on Thursdays. For more information about The Glades Initiative’s food pantry, click here.