Not included in this are areas that have seen severe flooding (both here and globally). Other areas around the globes crops / livestock are being effected by the unusual weather patterns ect too. They also neglected to say that farmers are selling off livestock in vast quantities right now because they don't have means to feed them. So you may see either good sales or a slight drop in prices for a short period then a dramatic increase. If farmers continue to send to market large numbers of livestock, it will take quite a while for them to recover back to normal levels even once the weather improves. Corn is being hurt bad, but we must remember other crops are also being affected too. They also neglected to mention, I believe, this is going to drive up the cost of fast foods too. Like with that torrential rain in Japan......I know the rice fields are based in water......but I need to go look up an article that said something about many of those just running off into other areas due to the vast amounts of water. I'm a little frustrated I'm not finding much info on this subject. I don't know how much rice Japan exports.........but I know there was an issue with rice exports in other areas prior to this which has been driving the prices up. I watch this stuff because I live on the line, literally. Every penny counts. And soaring food costs are NOT going to help an already very poor struggling economy. I'm not worried about milk. I have it stockpiled, frozen in the freezer, shelf stable (real) milk in the pantry by the dozens, and huge cans of dehydrated milk as well. I just keep rotating it and stocking up when I can get it super cheap. Lately I've been concentrating on meats, waiting for those good sales and tucking it away in the freezer. Soon, I'll be canning it and tucking it away in the pantry too (lasts longer) and dehydrating it (last even longer than the canning). Everything I buy now? Is on rotating sales or dirt cheap at aldi's or save a lot. I even get lucky and manage to buy fresh produce sometimes at yard sales for a steal. So my advice is if you spot a good sale, buy extra, look up ways to store it long term......and trust me there are ways to store it for years without it going bad. (including eggs believe it or not) It's a pain in the fanny, but write down lists of things you buy often, then put them in a notebook and keep track of which store has it at what price, then you'll know you're always getting the lowest price out there. You all are my family, so just want to keep you informed.