Inflation begins to affect the agricultural process

RIGBY, Idaho (KIFI) – The rising costs of transporting and growing Idaho’s most famous vegetable are now beginning to permeate all levels of the farming process.

Andrew Mickelson, the managing partner of Mickelson Farms, says that unfortunately rising prices don’t mean as much to farmers.

“As food prices go up, it usually doesn’t benefit the farmer as much as it does everyone else,” said Mickelson, who says rising potato prices are partly due to the rising costs of crops’ favorite food. “We are seeing our fertilizer prices double. So we are paying twice as much for fuel fertilizer. We are paying four times what we were paying two years ago.”

He says that overall we could see an increase of up to “25-50% increase here at the farm level. Here at the shed we’ll probably see at least 25%. And so for the consumer , by the time it gets them by the time it truckloads to grocery stores, consumers could be paying twice as much for food as they did a year ago.”

Even though despite rising costs, farmers are still seeing more and more people coming back to them.

“A lot of these studies show that when you go to pay for your Thanksgiving dinner, farmers only get a small chunk of that 10 to 20 percent,” Mickelson said. He also adds that he rounds up to about 7 cents for every dollar of tubers sold.

Mickelson says there is still a way for us to help our local farmers.

“To buy fresh, buy local, buy American. Anything you can do that way helps us. We find lots of ways to get it direct to the consumer, which also gets the money back directly to the farmers.”

So, as prices continue to rise, we could see the surge continue to hit Idahoans’ favorite vegetable.

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