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Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

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

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.

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Agriculture
6:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Sellers squeezed by high price of popcorn

Kemper Wilcutt II, who runs the Del’s in Decatur, has watched the price of kernels skyrocket.
Peter Gray/Harvest Public Media

U.S. popcorn sellers took a big hit from the 2012 drought, which caused one of the worst popcorn harvests in recent memory. Crops not irrigated were decimated and low supplies continue to force local candy shops and giant movie theater chains alike to pay high prices for the golden grain, biting into their profit margin.

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