Fifth National Climate Assessment and DPI Spend on Food Down

Fifth National Climate Assessment and DPI Spend on Food Down

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**The authors of the Southeast chapter of the Fifth National Climate Assessment are inviting the public to share their thoughts on climate change-related issues during virtual workshops later this month and early February.

According to, information from the workshops, which are free and open to the public, will help the Southeast chapter decide which topics to cover.

For a full list of workshops or to learn more about the

Fifth National Climate Assessment, visit

**During the 2020 pandemic and recession, the share of U.S. consumers' Disposable Personal Income spent on food decreased 10.1% from 2019 to 8.62%, a 60-year low.

According to, the share of DPI spent on food was steady over the last 20 years, decreasing from 9.95% to 9.58%.

Consumers spent 1.4% more of their incomes on at home food during that period, while spending 22.2% less of their incomes dining out.

**The USDA’s Ag Research Service has a unique approach of using satellite imagery to predict cattle weight gain on rangelands.

By fusing multiple images over time, scientists were able to monitor how forage quality changes in rangelands and how this relates to the cattle’s weight during grazing season.

It’s essential to know when and where forage production and quality are changing to optimize free-range livestock weight gain and meet environmental objectives.

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