Lawmakers ask Biden to address fertilizer prices
A group of lawmakers is asking President Biden to review all available options to lower the cost of fertilizer as farmers ease into the planting season.
Potential options include eliminating the cross-border vaccine mandate for transporters, ensuring ag minerals like phosphate and potash are part of the Department of Interior’s mission, increasing U.S. gas production, and approving pending export permits at the Department of Energy for liquefied natural gas.
Lawmakers are also urging the USDA to use existing authorities under the food supply chain and pandemic response resources to support farmers.
“Quickly undertaking such measures is the most immediate—and perhaps only—near-term opportunity to partially remedy the high costs of fertilizer hurting American farmers and, ultimately, American consumers,” the letter says.
The letter was signed by Greg Pence of Indiana, Jim Baird of Indiana, David Joyce of Ohio, Blaine Luetkemeyer of Missouri, Ashley Hinson of Iowa, Darin LaHood of Illinois, Don Bacon of Nebraska, Tim Walberg of Michigan, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, Bill Johnson of Ohio, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Bob Latta of Ohio, Glenn Grossman of Wisconsin, Lisa McClain of Michigan, Adrian Smith of Nebraska, Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, John Moolenaar of Michigan, Dusty Johnson of South Dakota, Brad Wenstrup of Ohio, Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee, Peter Meijer of Michigan, Marianette Miller-Meeks of Iowa, Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, Ann Wagner of Missouri, Jim Banks of Indiana, Bryan Steil of Wisconsin, Troy Balderson of Ohio, Mary Miller of Illinois, John Rose of Tennessee, Mike Bost of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan, Bill Huizenga of Michigan, Bob Gibbs of Ohio, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Randy Feenstra of Iowa, Peter Stauber of Minnesota, Michelle Fischbach of Minnesota, Tom Emmer of Minnesota, and more.