Skyrocketing fuel costs have become the wild card for many farmers’ bottom line this year. Justin Ewalt farms in southwest Iowa. “It hurts a little bit,” he says. “Every time you pull up to a pump.” He tells Brownfield he’s starting to flesh out fuel costs for this fall. “We’re talking like $4.50 for farm fuel,” he says. “That’s a little worrisome on the horizon because I don’t think people have done anything with fall fuel yet and it’s something we’re going to have to jump through a few hoops to make work.”
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm says the Biden administration is taking steps to increase supplies of oil in an effort to reduce prices.