Ag News: Florida Citrus for Christmas and Global Food Prices Rise
**With the holidays upon us, many are searching for the perfect gifts for loved ones and friends.
Fortunately, according to www.morningagclips.com, Florida offers up a fantastic option with citrus.
Throughout November and December, the Florida Citrus Commission is encouraging consumers to send a gift of sunshine and vitamin C this holiday season to support Florida Citrus Gift Fruit shippers during their busiest time of year.
To find out more, go to PickFLA.com
**The USDA announced final pandemic assistance payments for the timber industry starting this week.
USDA will provide $200 million through the Pandemic Assistance for Timber Harvesters and Haulers to loggers and log trucking businesses.
The funds are for businesses that experienced a gross revenue loss of at least 10% in 2020, compared to the year before.
Eligible applicants must have derived at least 50% of gross revenue from timber harvesting or hauling.
**Global food prices rose for a fourth consecutive month in November, driven by strong demand for wheat and dairy products.
According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO’s Food Price Index averaged 134.4 points during November, its highest level since June 2011 and 1.2% higher than it was in October.
www.agrimarketing.com reports, the index tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities.
November's index was 27.3% higher than a year earlier.