Ag News: Rural Americans Vaccinations and Chicken Prices Double
**As the Biden administration pushes to get 70% of all adults at least one dose of COVID vaccine by July 4th, the President says we can only do it with rural America's help.
But, according to www.agweb.com, a recent survey found more than half of farmers plan to get vaccinated.
The April Ag Economy Barometer shows 54% of those surveyed plan to get vaccinated, while 32% have no plans, yet, to get a shot.
**At the start of 2021, chicken looked like a bargain for U.S. restaurants after closures and dining room restrictions contributed to swollen stockpiles of chicken, with last year’s average price at around $1 a pound.
But, according to www.agrimarketing.com, boneless skinless chicken breast, the industry's flagship product, is now trading at $2.04 a pound.
One reason for the higher prices is the chicken sandwich wars of recent years.
**Actions in a widened drought emergency order issued by Governor Gavin Newsom will provide some short-term benefit through voluntary water transfers and exchanges in parts of drought-stricken California.
The California Farm Bureau President Jamie Johansson says by widening the drought emergency, the governor has recognized the reality facing much of rural California, but our future is not guaranteed and we can’t lose sight of existing water-rights priorities and the need to balance supplies for food production, fisheries and cities.