Dairy farmer calls on USDA to ‘protect’ US-grown production as country faces shortages and rising costs – Fox Business

Stephanie Nash Dairy Farm Agriculture

A dairy farmer from Tennessee is proclaim the Biden administration and the US Department of Agriculture for endangering US food security, warned of higher prices and food shortages in 2023.

“We’re not going to see a change in the US market for food prices for Americans,” said dairy farmer Stephanie Nash.Varney & co“Thursday. “You look at Ukraine, you look at Russia, you look at what’s going on in the Netherlands… I think there’s a lot food shortages next year.”

Nash argued that policy on American-grown agricultural products is one of the most important factors influencing these expected trends.

“I think the USDA needs to do a better job of implementing programs to feed Americans, support US growth and just be stronger,” Nash said Thursday. “You look at the markets, you look at imports and exports. We continue to support other countries, and we don’t even support the American people.”


In November, the USDA reported that for the first time in US history, the country would import more agricultural products than it exports. This new foreign dependency increases America’s food insecurity, while other global factors add to anxiety about food supplies.

Dairy farmer Stephanie Nash is calling for better policies to support American grown produce. (FOX Business / Fox News)

“I say to the government and our politicians and our leaders, what are you doing? What are you doing American Grown? How are you supporting our family farmers and ranchers? And how are you supporting Americans in the grocery store?” suggested Nash.


In addition to increased foreign dependence on food, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a 10.6% increase in food prices in November, further straining the pockets of American consumers.

Research into the true cost of a Swiftly grocery store almost showed that 70% of shoppers are struggling to pay for their groceries after months of sustained inflation. Americans often look for cheaper alternatives and avoid purchasing fresh meat, seafood and produce.

“Americans go to the grocery store with confidence that they can get the food they need,” Nash said. “And I think we take for granted what farmers and ranchers do in this country. We take for granted the products we produce, the products we produce here in America.”

Nash refuted the idea that these higher costs for supermarket produce enable farmers and producers to make high profits.

“You’ve got JBS, Cargill, Tyson, they’re making marginal record profits this year. All family farmers and ranchers. As we see Texas beef sell in record numbers because they don’t have water. And you see California dairy farms selling because they can’t afford to to eat. And it’s just crazy.”

Grocery consumer trends are exacerbating the financial stress many of America’s farmers and ranchers feel as labor laws, inflation and imports affect US manufacturing. In November, fertilizer prices rose 45% year-on-year, one of many inflated costs for farmers who damage profits.

“We need to fix that,” Nash said. “We need to improve the way America runs and how we support our family farmers and ranchers.”

Others in the US farm industry are calling for a policy change from the Biden administration to re-energize US agriculture, including Nicole Ort Moke, the manager of Ort Farms, in Long Valley, New Jersey.

“We have the ability to feed our people and feed the world and have a good position in the world marketMoke told FOX Business’s Madison Alworth last month. “If the policy doesn’t allow us to take the opportunity, it’s really detrimental to the industry, detrimental to small businesses and our national security.”


Like Moke, Nash shared the difficulties of being a farmer as the nation continues to reel under the weight of inflation. She argued that one way to better support US business and the US economy is to re-energize US growers.

“We must protect our rural communities and look for a future that is stronger in our food security,” she said.

Kayla Bailey and Daniella Genovese of FOX Business contributed to this report.

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