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North Carolina farmers worry surging fuel & fertilizer costs could result in empty shelves

Growers in eastern North Carolina say a spike in supply costs is preventing them from planting some crops this year. Some farms have stated that unless fuel and fertilizer prices drop, families in their area could soon be feeling the impact in their daily lives.

Barnes Farming Corporation owner Johnny Barnes: “We don’t know what our bottom line’s going to be. We’re planting this crop right now just hoping for the best.”

According to Barnes, that a spike in supply costs has rocked the agriculture industry. It starts at the pump, where at $5.61, the price of a gallon of diesel fuel has more than doubled since May 16, 2021 when it was $2.37 according to the US EIA. Some of Barnes’ tractors now cost $1,000 a day to fill up.


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