WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (R-LA), Bill Hagerty (R-TN) and 17 other Republican Senators today urged President Biden to implement certain measures to reduce the costs of fertilizers, which have increased due to the supply chain bottleneck and the current energy crisis. These measures include increasing domestic natural gas production, approving pending LNG permits, eliminating cross-border vaccination mandates, working with stakeholders to prevent a Canadian Pacific Railway strike, and accelerating relief funding for farmers in financial difficulty.
“Persistent supply chain bottlenecks and rising energy costs are among the factors driving fertilizer prices soaring, and the disruptions resulting from Ukraine’s invasion of Ukraine Russia will only make the problem worse. said the senators. “As a result, Americans will pay more at restaurants, grocery stores and other places.”
“We therefore urge your administration to consider all available options to reduce the cost of fertilizers…to address in part the high fertilizer costs that affect American farmers and, ultimately, American consumers,” sued the senators.
Cassidy and Hagerty are joined by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), John Cornyn (R-TX) John Hoeven (R-ND), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ted Cruz ( R-TX), Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Inhofe (R-OK), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Roger Marshall (R- KS), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), Richard Burr (R-NC) and John Kennedy (R-LA).
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Dear Mr. President:
We are writing to express our grave concern about record fertilizer prices affecting US farmers as the spring planting season approaches. Fertilizer is a primary input and major expense for producers across the country, and price increases will have a significant effect on farm profitability and food and commodity prices.
Since January 2021, according to the most recent data from the United States Department of Agricultural Marketing Services, the prices of the main fertilizer sources have increased significantly as follows: anhydrous ammonia (by 203%); Urea (from 141%); liquid nitrogen (162%); monoammonium phosphate (MAP) (from 74%); potash (from 125%); and agricultural diesel (95%).
Ongoing supply chain bottlenecks and rising energy costs are among the factors driving fertilizer prices soaring, and disruption resulting from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will only make the problem worse. As a result, Americans will pay more in restaurants, grocery stores and other places.
We therefore urge your administration to consider all available options to reduce the cost of fertilizers, including, but not limited to: eliminating the cross-border vaccination mandate for essential commercial carriers; mobilizing stakeholders to prevent a Canadian Pacific Railway strike; urging the United States Department of Agriculture to use its existing powers under the food supply chain and pandemic response resources to provide support to farmers facing financial hardship by ensuring that agricultural minerals as phosphate and potash are on the Home Office’s list of critical minerals; increase in gas production in the United States; and approve pending export permits at the Department of Energy for liquefied natural gas.
Swiftly undertaking such action is the most immediate – and perhaps the only – short-term opportunity to partially address the high fertilizer costs that affect American farmers and, ultimately, American consumers. Thank you for your attention to this matter.