This recently came across the Yahoo! canning group I belong to:
Hi,I just attended a class called "What's new with food preservation" at my local extension office. Our instructor informed us that there will be a shortage this year of lids, rings and jars. Ball and Kerr confirmed that they don't have anymore or didn't make enough. So, what's in the stores is already in the store and can't be ordered from Ball or Kerr. When it's gone it's gone. I suggest if you need lids, rings and jars, plan on getting them soon. Don't wait until August. Seeing with the state of our economy many more individuals are starting to can.
Isn't that interesting? Anyone else hear this?