WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Rising fertilizer costs continue to create challenges for Iowa farmers, and three Iowa farm groups, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA) and Iowa Soybean Association (ISA), called on the White House to aid in the crisis.
On July 25, on behalf of the Iowa groups, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), along with National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) and American Soybean Association (ASA) delivered a letter to President Joe Biden expressing deep concern and proposed relief regarding the United States’ fertilizer price crisis. The exponential rise in fertilizer costs are causing financial hardship for farmers producing food and retail price hikes for consumers purchasing that food.
The joint letter from leading national agriculture groups seeks executive action and a national state of emergency declaration to remove fertilizer tariffs. Inflation, supply chain disruptions, trade practices and geopolitical disputes have led to increased prices of food commodities and fuel, and farmers have seen an unsustainable jump in input costs required to grow crops and raise food.
The Biden Administration has previously acknowledged concerns impacting the economic viability of agriculture and sought remedies and solutions, and America’s leading agriculture organizations are hopeful the administration responds to the fertilizer price crisis so our farmers can effectively feed our country and world.
— Iowa Farm Bureau Federation