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Inflation and supply issues are the latest on the list of things ag producers can't control

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Like the rest of the nation, inflation and supply issues are making people's pocketbooks tighter in Wyoming. This is no different for farmers as they face the coming growing season.

Prices for fuel, electricity, gas, machine parts and other supplies are doubling or in some cases even more than that.

Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Northwest area extension educator for agriculture, said farmers are trying to get ahead of the problem.

"They're expanding where they're looking for certain products, maybe seed, fertilizer, parts, chemicals. They're shopping a lot harder, because there's quite a wide range in pricing," said Vardiman.

Tying into inflation problems are supply chain issues. Vardiman said so far there have been no major blocks in the chain but some are worried there could be in pesticide manufacturing. From the producer perspective this year, everything might be a little tighter.

"Their input cost might cost more and it doesn't necessarily mean that they're going to make more money once they go to market," said Vardiman. "And so they might be looking at a little bit leaner or tighter of a year in other aspects of their operation or of their livelihood."

Right now, it's a wait and see game to see how much farmers will be impacted.

In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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