photo credit: Tennessee Farm Bureau, Used with Permission
American Farm Bureau Federation today called on USDA to take steps to ensure America’s farmers continue to have access to crucial fertilizer supplies. AFBF submitted comments on USDA’s “Request for Information on Access to Fertilizer: Competition and Supply Chain Concerns.”
In the filed comments, AFBF lists several factors that have combined to create shortages and drive up fertilizer costs including the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, rising inflation, labor shortages, regulatory hurdles and increased transportation costs.
“America’s farmers are being called on to feed both America’s families and families abroad as war and shortages take their toll on our international neighbors,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Farmers and ranchers have answered the call before, and they stand ready to do it again, but they need access to necessary supplies in a timely manner. Supply chain issues and inflation aren’t short-term problems, so we need long-term solutions, partnerships with USDA, and action across the federal government to ensure we can continue to meet growing demands of a hungry world.”
AFBF’s recommendations include:
Read the full comments here.