The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will release its first citrus production forecast for Florida’s 2017-2018 Thursday after Hurricane Irma swept the Sunshine State more than a month ago, wiping away a majority of its treasured crop. Initial reports indicated that 50-70% of citrus crops have been washed away due to the storm. Florida’s Department of Citrus told FOX Business that farmers across the state are reporting anywhere from 30-70% crop loss over the last few weeks. Shannon Shepp, executive director of the Florida Department of Citrus, said that the Florida Citrus industry as a whole has taken a “heavy hit” this hurricane season. “Before the hurricane, we were expecting more than 75 million boxes of oranges on the trees this season. Sadly, that’s no longer the case. This may, temporarily, mean less Florida Orange Juice on grocery store shelves and a corresponding price increase,” she said, without elaborating on how much the price hike will be. Yet, Florida’s Department of Citrus says despite the massive setback and soon-to-be price jumps, it is confident that no shortages will happen.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly released a report on Thursday announcing a plan to spend over $750 million on sage-grouse preservation efforts by 2018. Citing the positive impact of the $300 million already invested to help save the declining bird species in the western part of the country, the USDA unveiled it’s latest plan to use provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill to invest further in sage-grouse conservation.
WHAT?!??!?! Seriously?!?! Our federal government wants to spend over a HALF A BILLION of our tax dollars over the already $300 Million spent (and how EXACTLY is that being spent? Doing what, exactly?), so a total of OVER A BILLION DOLLARS on flippin’ “sage-grouse conservation.” If that doesn’t make you want to scream as if you’ve gone insane, then you need to read that again. How do you spend a BILLION dollars conserving a bird? Just say, “hey.. you can only have so many (hunting) tags this season for this grouse.” There. Done. Conserved. FREE!!!! Congress needs to put the halt on this breathtaking, mind-boggling, waste of taxpayer dollars NOW! No wonder we’re over $18 TRILLION in debt!! Unreal..