Ag groups ask administration to be mindful of challenges

More than 40 agricultural groups sent a letter to President Trump asking the administration to be mindful of supply chain and workforce impacts on the ag community during the coronavirus pandemic.

With spring planting approaching, farmers and ranchers face the potential for weather and price-related challenges as well as new uncertainties.

The groups say challenges include accessibility of seed, fertilizer, crop protection products, ag labor, equipment, feed and ingredients for food-producing animals, modes of transportation, availability of US government inspection services, and daily movement of milk.

They say they will share questions, needs, and concerns with the administration in the coming days and weeks.

The groups include:  Agricultural Retailers Association, American Association of Crop Insurers, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Mushroom Institute, American Seed Trade Association, American Soybean Association, American Sugar Alliance, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Biological Products Industry Alliance, Cotton Warehouse Association of America, Crop Insurance and Reinsurance Bureau, Crop Insurance Professionals Association, CropLife America, Farm Credit Council, Hop Growers of America, Independent Community Bankers of America, Independent Professional Seed Association, International Dairy Foods Association, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Corn Growers Association, National Cotton Council, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Farmers Union, National Grain and Feed Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Onion Association, National Potato Council, National Sorghum Producers, North American Export Grain Association, Northwest Horticultural Council, Panhandle Peanut Growers Association, Select Milk Producers, Society of American Florists, Southwest Council of Agribusiness, The Fertilizer Institute, USA Rice, U.S. Apple Association, U.S. Durum Growers Association, U.S. Peanut Federation, Western Growers, and Western Peanut Growers Association.

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