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The Preparedness Report 11-26-2021
Recent Preparedness Tips, Current Shortages, and Logistical Issues. Prepare Accordingly.
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Adler, M. Americans load up on firewood as home-heating costs skyrocket. Sales of firewood are booming on the eve of winter, and prices are soaring. Bloomberg News at Financial Post.
Allon, C. Historic Snow Hits Japan, Record Flurries Cause Shutdowns In Russia and China, + Spain Issues ‘Cold Weather Alerts’–Restarts Old Coal Power Plant To Cope. Electroverse.
Allon, C. Nordic Power Prices Surge On Sub-Zero Temps And Low Winds, ‘Danger To Life’ Warning Issued In Scotland, + No Hurricanes For First Time In 65 Years… We’ve allowed the whims of ill-informed alarmists to dictate policy, and now we’re paying the price. A small army of extremists were formed by the higher-ups and were then let loose on a politically-correct west — this was only ever going to end one way… Electroverse.
Agricultural Marketing Service. Weekly Dairy Market News. United States Department of Agriculture.
Alvarez, P. 'Quite disruptive': Months-long processing delays leave people out of work amid nationwide labor shortage. CNN Politics.
Arthur, K. As small businesses struggle with staff, experts warn the labor shortage may be permanent. WRAL.
Babiera, A. Wellington Federation of Agriculture conducts tax revenue/use study in Mapleton. WFA is trying to advocate the use of the agriculture tax revenue to meet the infrastructure needs in Mapleton such as its bridge and roads projects. Guelph Today.
BBC News. Poorest face food crisis amid fertilizer shortage. Yahoo News.
Briere, K. AgriStability not expected to be replaced. The Western Producer.
Canadian Plastics. Ontario firms Aduro, Switch Energy partner to recycle agricultural plastics. The companies are in discussions about building a pilot plant in Sarnia to recover polyethylene and polypropylene used in agriculture. Canadian Plastics.
CBC News. Export ban on P.E.I. potatoes could open markets for Ontario farmers. CBC News.
Chakravorty, A. Farm laws will only exacerbate India’s mass hunger problem. The farmers’ protest is as much about farmers’ right to produce in a sustainable way, via minimum support price, as about the food security of 1.3 billion Indians in the 21st century. National Herald India.
Collins, M. US to release 50M barrels from strategic oil reserve amid soaring gas prices. USA Today.
Davey, J. UK risks Christmas alcohol shortage due to lack of drivers. Reuters.
David, E. Mount Sinai Long Beach hospital fired 72 healthcare staff due to vaccine mandate, and then closed down due to staff shortage. This is stupid beyond imagination. Twitter.
Diez, C. 'It's useless.' Truckers say that solving driver shortage goes beyond hiring new drivers. 11 Alive.
The Economist. American manufacturers race to relieve a pandemic-triggered ammo shortage. The Economist.
Edmiston, J. Dairy firm Lactalis to raise prices on grocers by up to 15 per cent next year. The increase is part of a growing trend in the food industry amid a steep rise in inflation this fall. Financial Post.
The Engineer. Bio-based polymers transformed into fertilizers. Researchers in Japan have chemically recycled bioplastics into nitrogen-rich fertilizer in a process described as ‘facile and environmentally friendly.’ The Engineer.
Farmers Forum staff. Collapse of mid-sized farms threatens farm power, think tank Agri-Food Economic Systems says. Farmers Forum.
Ferguson, D. Producers say beef boom passing them by. The Western Producer.
Feuer, W. Canada releases 50 million pounds from maple syrup reserve amid global shortage. The New York Post on MarketWatch.
Golden, A. Hospital bed shortage grows across state. Sky-Hi News.
Guerrero, A. Chip shortage could make holiday tech gifts harder to find. Wink News.
Hanbury, M. Retail won't tackle the labor shortage until it reverses decades of worker neglect and becomes a viable, long-term career again. Insider.
Hill, D. Soft opening for Greenwood District speakeasy delayed due to supply shortage. KTUL ABC 8.
Ice Age Farmer. WEF Warns: Global Warming to Disrupt Financial System, “Freeze” Bank Accounts. In its latest predictive propaganda, the World Economic Forum asks, "What if extreme weather FROZE your bank account?" It is clear that deliberate interruptions to critical infrastructure are coming, and will be blamed on climate change in order to make the case that an imagined "climate disaster" requires carbon lockdowns and the totalitarian response for which the technocrats have been salivating for generations. Prepare for these disruptions -- particularly to our food -- now! Ice Age Farmer.
Jones, S. Britain's pubs are struggling with supply chain challenges and a labor shortage. More than 3,000 closed down since the start of the pandemic. Insider.
Koenig, R. Santa shortage may make it harder for kids to meet St. Nick this year. Today.
Lazo, L. Bus-driver shortage hurts D.C. region’s ability to return to pre-pandemic transit service levels. Washington Post.
Levin, M. Wine and liquor makers are facing a glass bottle shortage. Marketplace.
Levitt, M. Canada taps into strategic reserves to deal with massive shortage ... of maple syrup. National Public Radio.
Milano, J. Covid-19 News: Nurse Shortage Forces Long Island Emergency Room to Close. The facility is closed temporarily as a New York vaccination mandate goes into effect. Criminal charges against a Massachusetts veterans home were dismissed. The prime minister of France has tested positive. The New York Times.
Needles, D. OPINION: Got the supply chain blues that only a guy from Georgia with a garbage can bacon smoker can cure. Farmers Forum.
Nickel, R. Fertilizer shortage may lead to spring scramble on North America's farms. Reuters on Financial Post.
Post Media News. Subsidy announced for deadstock facilities. The Recorder and Times.
Potter, A. Working on Thanksgiving amid worker shortage. KOLD 13 News.
Primack, D. Everything Shortage to last past Christmas. Axios.
Pyrek, E. Pre-pandemic workforce report anticipated healthcare staff shortages, but pandemic has exacerbated the issue. La Crosse Tribune.
Reuter, D. From farm to table, immigrant workers keep America fed, but Trump-era policies helped create a labor shortfall that is causing food prices to rise. Business Insider at Yahoo News.
Reuters. Iranian police clash with protesters after water shortage rallies. Reuters.
Reuters. Lowest October UK car output since 1956 amid chip shortage. Reuters.
Reuters. North American fertilizer shortage sparks fears of higher food prices. Warning to ‘get your fertilizer now’ as farmers postpone nitrogen purchases, raising threat of rush on supplies before planting season. The Guardian.
Reuters. UK crisp shortage eases after earlier supply problems. Reuters.
Schmunk, R. Thousands of animals have died on flooded B.C. farms in 'agricultural disaster.' Desperate farmers forced to abandon animals as roads disappeared beneath them: minister. CBC News.
Shankland, S. How the global chip shortage is boosting US manufacturing. A pandemic problem led to a $52 billion plan to help chipmakers like Intel and an overhaul of the global economy. A new $17 billion Samsung fab in Texas could benefit. CNET.
Sharon, K. Saving the white oaks: Shortage of viable acorns has Tennessee forestry experts worried. Tennessean.
Tremblay, R. OPINION: Increase milk production with sand bedding, increased alley cleaning and free traffic system, study says. Farmers Forum.
Williams, M. Beef Prices Rise 20.1% Due to Increased Consumer Demand and Labor Shortage. CNS News.
WOI. Iowa nonprofits struggling amid labor shortage. KCRG ABC 9.
Zandbergen, N. Ontario to monitor white-tailed deer and additional species for COVID-19. Farmers Forum.