A fourth-generation dairy farmer worries about the future of farming amid rising costs and labor shortages

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A fourth-generation dairy farmer told Fox News on Monday that climate change policies and increased economic hardship could signal bad news for her family’s farm and the wider farming community.

“We’ve seen 45,000 dairy farms disappear since 2003. I worry about my cattle ranchers, the processing plants…I worry about almost all of agriculture. What does our future look like and how do Americans will they rally around our farming community? We need to support our local agriculture. We can’t let regulations kill our food supply,” Stephanie Nash said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

FARMS FACE LONG-TERM CHALLENGES AS PRODUCTION COSTS CONTINUE TO RISE

Rising costs, labor and supply shortages, and little federal support — in addition to climate change and conservation regulations — are all major hurdles threatening the Nash family, and others like them.

Chris Pollack, co-owner of the Pollack-Vu Dairy Farm, told Fox News that fuel costs have more than doubled (Megan Myers/Fox Digital)
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“We were faced with higher agricultural inputs, we were faced with public opinion, we were faced with regulations, we were faced with drought,” Nash said. “[In] California, [Gov. Gavin] Newsom passed a law prohibiting water drilling at this time, and California has the largest agricultural county in the United States,” she told Carlson.

HIGHER PRICES FOR FERTILIZERS COULD MEANT SMALLER CROPS

Nash said the Biden administration has not only been little help to farmers and ranchers, but they’ve “made it very clear that the Green New Deal and climate change and the billions of dollars going to Washington, DC, are their agenda and that they could ‘I care less about the American people, our food supply and our food security.’

the fertilizer cost alone has increased by more than 300% in some regions, according to the American Farm Bureau.

Rising costs, labor and supply shortages are all major obstacles threatening farms across the United States (Matt Leach/Fox Digital)

Rising costs, labor and supply shortages are all major obstacles threatening farms across the United States (Matt Leach/Fox Digital)
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The price hike is due to a number of factors, including increased demand, supply chain disruptions, rising energy costs, according to the American Farm Bureau. Same the war in Ukraine play a role.

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Nash said she hopes people will start to realize that “no farm” means “no fuel” and “no future.”

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