U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry

12/06/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2021 18:37

ICYMI: Ranking Member Boozman Op-ed in Agri-Pulse: What is driving pessimism in farm country?

12.06.21

WASHINGTON- U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, authored an opinion piece published in Agri-Pulse that spotlights how Biden administration policies are driving inflation and what that means for the economic future of our family farmers and ranchers.

"The cost of farming is on the rise. Land, machinery, labor, fuel, seed, fertilizer and livestock feed prices are all increasing. You can draw a straight line between many of these price increases and the Biden administration's reckless spending agenda and indifference to the challenges currently facing our supply chain. The president is pursuing policies that have driven inflation to its highest level since 1981 and made energy sources on which producers rely scarce and expensive," Boozman wrote.

In the op-ed, Boozman lays out a path forward, urging the Democrats to abandon their reckless tax and spend agenda and work with Republicans to address the causes behind these price spikes.

"It's time for the Democrats to reach across the aisle and work with Republicans to find bipartisan solutions for a historically tight labor market, bottlenecked supply chains and runaway inflation. These are the issues that farmers and ranchers consistently tell me must be solved now, before the damage gets worse. Democrats need to listen to our producers and work with us to address their needs, before President Biden's reckless policies force the exodus of more family-owned farms from rural America," Boozman wrote.

Boozman's op-ed in its entirety is available online here: https://www.agri-pulse.com/articles/16900-opinion-what-is-driving-pessimism-in-farm-country