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· President Biden Releases Plan to Spur More Crop Production
· Biden to visit Illinois farm to highlight inflationary food prices
· Watch: Biden debuts efforts to boost U.S. crop production as Ukraine invasion fuels food prices
· Statement of NCFC President Chuck Conner on Action by President Biden to Address Ag Disruption from Russian Invasion
President Biden Releases Plan to Spur More Crop Production
By Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer
OMAHA (DTN) -- President Joe Biden will visit a family farm in northeast Illinois on Wednesday to highlight a new series of actions to increase U.S. crop production, including aid to boost domestic fertilizer production and expand "precision agriculture" on farms through a cost-share program for technology.
Biden will visit a farm near Kankakee, Ill., south of Chicago to talk about the impact of the Ukraine war on food supply and rising food prices.
Responding to concerns of higher food prices, higher costs for farmers and the need to boost global food production, the White House laid out three initiatives meant to encourage farmers to plant and ideally lower input costs in the future. The moves come as the president is looking for ways to respond to inflation while there are growing global worries about lost crop production in Ukraine.
Under the plan, USDA will expand crop insurance to cover double cropping for as many as 681 additional counties, boosting the option for farmers to double crop on as many as 1,935 counties. The White House stated increasing the option of crop insurance would ensure "more American farmers have the financial security they need to start or expand double cropping."
The White House also wants to cut the cost for farmers to access technology for precision agriculture. The plan would tie USDA technical assistance and cost-sharing programs to help farmers with nutrient management to providing cropping farmers technology to target their applications of crop inputs. The plan would encourage farmers to lower their costs by targeting fertilizer "resulting in less fertilizer usage without reducing yields, saving farmers money over time and extending the usefulness of critical products in short supply worldwide."
At least some members of Congress have called on USDA to use conservation cost-share programs to increase access to precision-agriculture tools...
Biden to visit Illinois farm to highlight inflationary food prices
Farmers need support to produce more in order to address shortages
By: Global Ag Media
via The Pig Site - 11 May 2022
US President Joe Biden will seek to highlight how Russia's war on Ukraine has impacted global food prices during a visit to a family farm in Illinois on Wednesday, reported Reuters.
The visit comes as the White House is struggling to rein in inflation on many fronts, from gasoline to food. US gas prices hit record highs on Tuesday, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine in late February dramatically worsened the outlook for food prices.
The UN food agency recently said food prices hit an all-time record in February and again in March. Russia and Ukraine account for nearly a third of global wheat and barley, and two-thirds of the world's exports of sunflower oil used for cooking.
"He's going to talk about the support we need to continue to give to farmers to help continue to produce more and more domestically to help address the food shortages that we’re seeing in some parts of the world," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Tuesday...
Watch: Biden debuts efforts to boost U.S. crop production as Ukraine invasion fuels food prices
Thomas Franck, CNBC
May 11 2022
President Joe Biden on Wednesday is set to outline White House plans to help American farmers boost crop production to counter reduced food exports from Europe caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The president, set to speak from Kankakee, Illinois, will likely highlight how Russian President Vladimir Putin’s attack has driven up the global prices of wheat, corn, barley, oilseeds and cooking oil. Russia and Ukraine combined supply more than 25% of the world’s wheat exports and about 20% of barley exports.
In an attempt to quell food shortages, the Biden administration said it plans to increase the number of counties eligible for insurance for “double cropping,” when farmers plant a second crop on the same land in the same year.
The White House hopes those steps will help U.S. farmers top a record-setting 2021 growing season, during which the value of American agricultural exports hit $177 billion.
The latest initiatives come a month after the United Nations warned that as many as 1.7 billion people are “highly exposed” to the domino effect of Russia’s war on global food, energy and finance systems. The global body said the invasion threatens to aggravate hunger in countries that are already malnourished.
Even in countries where food is not as scarce, prices are taking huge chunks out of paychecks. In the U.S., the Labor Department said Wednesday morning that the prices Americans pay for groceries rose 1% in April and are up 10.8% over the last 12 months...
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Statement of NCFC President Chuck Conner on Action by President Biden to Address Ag Disruption from Russian Invasion
Oklahoma Farm Report
11 May 2022
“NCFC and its members welcome President Biden’s announcement today giving American farmers access to additional tools to boost domestic agricultural production and help alleviate the global food shortfalls caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Since the war began in late February, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and his team at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have proactively worked to address the international turmoil in the food and agricultural markets and we applaud them for their efforts...