Texas Peanut Production Cut in Half Because of Drought 11/28/11
CBS 7 News
November 28, 2011
Odessa, TX – As severe drought conditions continue to plague the state. Peanut farmers are struggling to produce a good crop this year.
Bird Song Peanuts in Seminole says they lost over 50 percent of their tons of production this year.
Food banks around the country say the increased price of peanut butter is making it harder to provide one of their most-requested items this holiday season.
Peanut butter's popular at food banks because it's a kid-friendly protein source that has a long shelf life and doesn't require special storage, cooking or utensils, but its price has gone up 30 percent because of hot weather in Texas and Georgia that hurt this year's crop.