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US Farm Crisis

Growing fuel prices take toll on farming

'I’ve noticed in the grocery stores that a lot of these prices are up to 25–30% already. And with high fertiliser and energy prices, you know, they will stay high. With the fertilizer being twice as high as what it is normally that probably alone adds, you know, 10 or 15% to the cost of that product going in the grocery stor', comments Jeff Buresh, owner of BRT&Turf.

This is the result of the phenomenal fuel price surge that’s left farmers puzzled and in search of ways to economise. Fortunately, these families have been working the land for over a century and they know the trade better than anyone. They are convinced that though excessive COVID measures did put a crimp on the supply chains, the main reasons for this fuel price disaster is mismanagement of the whole oil industry. Who are the farmers blaming for their misfortune and what is their recovery strategy?