Arrington Leads Letter to Biden on Skyrocketing Fertilizer Prices
WASHINGTON, DC— Yesterday, Rep. Jodey C. Arrington (TX-19) led a letter with Rep. Tom Emmer (MN-06), and co-leaders Rep. Pete Stauber (MN-08), Rep. Michelle Fischbach (MN-07), and Rep. Greg Murphy (NC-03) urging President Biden take action on rising fertilizer prices.
“Fertilizer prices have risen 40% in just one month and are up 300% since this time last year. Between surging input costs, the highest inflation in 40 years, and unending regulatory whiplash, President Biden is failing our agriculture producers, accelerating a looming global food crisis, and jeopardizing our own food security and independence,” said Rep. Arrington. “President Biden and his Administration must increase production of fertilizer inputs, including natural gas, and allow USDA to use their existing authority to equip our producers with the tools they need to provide an abundant and affordable food supply to the world.”
“Skyrocketing and unprecedented input prices are robbing our farmers of their livelihoods, and even today’s high commodity prices simply can’t keep pace. President Biden owes it to our ag community to ensure fertilizer is accessible and affordable,” said Rep. Emmer.
“Due to supply-chain issues and rising energy costs, fertilizer prices are at a record-high, placing a huge burden on American farmers as planting season approaches. I’m proud to join my colleagues in demanding the Biden Administration take action to lower fertilizer costs to relieve pressure on our farmers, including increasing domestic natural gas production to lower energy prices,” said Rep. Stauber.
“Last month, fertilizer reached the highest price ever recorded, and with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, these prices are only going to get worse. I hear from farmers across my district all the time they cannot afford today’s prices,” said Rep. Fischbach. “Our farmers need President Biden to review all available options to lower the cost of fertilizer, and I am proud to be a co-author of this letter urging exactly that.”
“Soaring prices are hurting families and businesses across the country, and our farmers are no exception,” said Rep. Murphy. “Producers across my agriculture-heavy district tell me that the skyrocketing price of fertilizer puts their operations at risk and increases the cost of goods and services for every input in the supply chain. We urge the Administration to take every action necessary to lower the cost of fertilizer and provide relief to our outstanding agriculture industry that works so hard to feed, clothe, and fuel our nation.”
Read the full text of the letter here.
###Congressman Jodey Arrington is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives serving the Nineteenth Congressional District of Texas. He serves as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee