During President Brandon’s speech last month at the O’Connor Farm in Illinois, he encouraged American farmers to expand the production of wheat through extra efforts like double-cropping to feed the world. However, farmers aired their concerns that they can’t do this easily.
Brandon’s call to action is in connection with the Ukraine war’s effects on food supply, particularly wheat as Ukraine is considered the breadbasket of most of Europe, and the disruption of the market due to the sanctions placed by the West on Russia.
Sharon Springs farmer Clay Schemm said it may not be realistic to immediately increase production for various reasons. He said that growing seasons are slow to respond to the unfolding crisis and federal incentives for double-cropping aren’t viable in most of his acres and a volatile wheat market.
“Even that little bit drop in price has me very hesitant to go back in with wheat in the eastern farms,” Schemm said.
Veronica Nigh, senior economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, which lobbies on behalf of farmers, said: “It’s not like in the U.S. we have all these unplanted acres, fields just lying fallow. That’s frustrating. Farmers want to do more. They want to be able to help to respond.”
But droughts in the Great Plains and heavy rain in Minnesota and the Dakotas have slowed the production of wheat this year. Fertilizer costs also spiked as a result of the war. The planting calendar has also been widely affected as 70 percent of wheat in the U.S comes from the winter harvest, which is planted in the fall but not harvested until the spring.
Double-cropping refers to harvesting two crops in a calendar year, such as winter wheat in the spring and soybeans in the fall, depending on the part of the country
A June 26 article at USA Today stated: “It [double-cropping] is a financially risky endeavor for farmers, who aren’t likely to pursue it without insurance.”
National Association of Wheat Growers CEO Chandler Goule said if there is an increase in wheat production, it would come from the upcoming winter harvest. “[But] you’re not going to see a 10 percent, 15 percent, 20 percent increase,” he said.
Brandon meets with G-7 leaders to discuss wheat shortage and strengthen the alliance to punish Russia
Brandon and other Group of Seven (G-7) leaders are meeting this week in Germany to sustain the global alliance punishing Russia for its invasion of Ukraine due to the impact on food and energy supplies and the global economy. “We have to stay together,” Brandon told his allies.
The meeting in the Bavarian Alps started on Sunday, June 26. The G-7 leaders will also talk about the move to ban imports of Russian gold to tighten the squeeze on Moscow and cut off its means of financing the invasion of Ukraine.
Gold is Moscow’s second-largest export after energy.
John Kirby, spokesman for the White House National Security Council, said the summit is set to address issues like inflation and other “challenges in the global economy as a result of Putin’s war, but also how to continue to hold Mr. Putin accountable.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky told the G-7 summit attendees via a virtual meeting that he wants the war in Ukraine to end by the end of 2022 as leaders worked to starve Russia of its oil revenues and mitigate the economic fallout of the conflict.
A joint statement was released after the meeting with Zelensky, where the leaders pledged to continue supporting Ukraine “for as long as it takes.”
The G-7 leaders also plan to announce a new set of sanctions, including on Russian defense supply chains, Russians responsible for human rights abuses and war crimes, private military companies and new visa restrictions on 500 officials.
The U.S. is also set to declare $7.5 billion in new funding for Ukraine, despite the country’s looming inflation scare. (Related: Brandon economic advisor claims MORE SPENDING will combat inflation.)
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Watch the below video that talks about the Brandon administration’s admission that wheat and grain will soon be dry.
This video is from the Truth or Consequences channel on Brighteon.com.
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