US Farmers Say Your Grocery Bill is Going to Rise $1000 in a Month

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Over the last few months, you’ve undoubtedly been forced to recognize the ever-rising price of both gasoline and natural gas. In some places, we’ve even seen those prices reach $5 per gallon at the pump and now over $106 a barrel for crude oil, something not seen in nearly a decade.

Naturally, Democratic President Joe Biden’s energy policies and inflation are to blame, with no sign of either a plateau or a reduction of prices in the near future.

But as more than a few American farmers are beginning to point out, it’s not just our fuel that we will see a rise in price over the next few weeks and months. It’s also our grocery bills – and likely by no small amount. In fact, according to one farmer in Iowa, your grocery bill could rise as much as $1000 in a month or two if you can find the items you need at all.

Ben Riensche farms about 16,000 acres in Iowa and is the owner of Blue Diamond Farming Company. As such, he knows all too well just how much the current world and economic situations can and will affect his work, as well as the prices it takes to get his products on shelves and in front of hungry Americans.

And according to a recent conversation he had with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, things will get much worse before they get better.

As Riensche told Carlson, “If you’re upset that gas is up a dollar or two a gallon, wait until your grocery bill is up $1,000 a month and it might not just manifest itself in terms of price. It could be quantity as well.”

If you don’t know much about the farming business, it doesn’t really matter what type of crop you are growing or where in the world; it all requires fertilizers and additives. And unfortunately, most of those used by farmers in America come from Russia. In fact, Russia is the leading producer of just about all fertilizers used in the U.S. and has been for years.

And that means that the current war between Russia and our ally Ukraine, as well as the strict sanctions being imposed on Russia’s exports to the U.S., will put a heavy strain on the ability of US farmers to get the supplies they need to ensure a productive growing season for 2022.

Riensche told Carlson that already, he’s had to raise the price of his crops, mostly corn and soybeans, by some 40 percent this year. He explained this is due to the ever-rising cost of nitrogen, which is three times higher at present than it was last year.

In addition, the cost of both phosphorus and potassium, two other major fertilizers used, have doubled at least during the same time.

And by this time in the year, it means prices for an entire season will remain explosively high.

He explained, “The planting season in the northern hemisphere is just weeks away. There is no miracle technology that can cut that in half or a third. It’s a pretty fixed formula. For me to grow an acre of corn on my farm, I need 200 pounds of nitrogen, 200 pounds of phosphorus, and 100 pounds of potash. We just – it’s going to be hard how this plays out.”

He noted that some farmers might choose to switch to crops that may not need as many fertilizers, but those also tend to produce less. Plus, it might be unreasonable for them to change their entire farming processes this late in the game.

But that’s just one problem.

Riensche noted that Biden’s failed energy policies and climate change initiatives have also put a massive strain on the farming industry, and most of it could have been prevented.

Thanks to Biden’s Green New Deal and plant closures, farmers have been forced to find fuel and energy sources that are not only more expensive but foreign. And again, at a time like this, it makes finding the supplies necessary to maintain their livelihoods that much more difficult.

In addition, Riensche noted that under Biden, the International Trade Commission has put numerous tariffs in place, essentially “creating monopolies that we can’t buy from friendly parties that have a third of the supplies.” According to Riensche, this is the “kingpin” of all the problems, as it places a tax on middle and lower-class farmers who are already struggling to make ends meet.

So if you were hoping grocery prices and availability would get better soon, think again…