Today’s Top Headlines: American Energy Surges, While French Fries Face Shortage


Here are the top stories you need to know right now in the world of B2B.

Let’s start with big news out of the energy industry. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. in September accomplished something it has not done since at least 1949.

The U.S. recorded its first full month as a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products since the government began keeping records.

According to the EIA, the U.S. exported 89,000 barrels a day more than it imported during the month.

While oil is booming, a popular food is heading in the other direction. According to a Bloomberg News report, a French fry shortage may be coming.

Cold, wet weather this fall has led to smaller potatoes, and a domestic output drop of 6.1 percent, according to the US Department of Agriculture. That would be the largest single-year drop since 2010. Potato processors will feel the pinch because they tend to work with longer spuds.

Finally, on the trade show circuit, it is Groundwater Week in Las Vegas. From December 3rd through the 5th, groundwater industry professionals will get together to see the latest in water use and management.

One of this year’s highlights will be a speech from Dr. John Doherty, author of PEST, a software package used for groundwater model calibration and uncertainty analysis. He’ll speak on the importance and challenges in groundwater modeling.

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