Field Notes: Popcorn and Ag Sec. Vilsack's trip to China

Dec 27, 2013

A Del’s Popcorn shop employee in Decatur, Ill., starts the vintage popcorn popper. Del’s relies heavily on holiday sales, but is struggling with the high price of popcorn.
Credit Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

This is the latest installment of Harvest Public Media’s Field Notes, in which we talk about important issues related to food production.

Maybe you didn’t notice the last time you bought a popcorn and coke at the movie theater or warmed up a bag of popcorn in the microwave, but the retailers that brought it to you took a big hit from the 2012 drought.  The drought caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. In this week's episode of Field Notes, Harvest Public Media’s Peter Gray reports that crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies have forced local candy shops and movie theaters alike to pay high prices. Also in this week's episode,  reporter Grant Gerlock covers Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's recent trip to China.