Farmer input concerns resonate in Congress

Members of Congress continue to hear farmer concerns about high input prices.

U.S. Senator Tina Smith, a Democrat from Minnesota, says she’s been communicating with commodity groups throughout the summer.

“They’ve been coming into town and the input costs, especially fertilizer, is one of the top issues that I’ve been hearing about. Of course in addition to concerns about labor and rising costs overall.”

From the outside looking in, the Senate Ag Committee member tells Brownfield high commodity prices make it appear farmer profits are booming.

“And those prices are good, but the challenge of course is that farmers are very worried about what those input prices are going to look like. Especially as they need to lock in some of those prices later this summer for what’s going to come in 2023, and we have no idea what the prices will be like.”

Smith says because there’s so much uncertainty, a focus in the next farm bill will be protecting risk management tools like crop insurance.

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