Fertilizer prices affecting planting season

The Grain Farmers of Ontario is calling on the federal government to take immediate action to eliminate the burden on farmers caused by fertilizer tariffs.

The organization is being joined by Grain Growers of Quebec.

The two groups represent over over 50,000 grains and oilseeds farmers and say the availability and cost of fertilizer is causing great concern for grain farmers who are ready to plant their crops.

Brendan Byrne is the chair of the GFO.

He says the invasion of Ukraine continues to escalate and its impacts on the global food system are increasing. He adds one of the key areas of concern for grain farmers is the shortage and additional costs of fertilizer available for planting season.

Grain Growers of Quebec and Grain Farmers of Ontario are united in stating that it is not acceptable for farmers to pay the additional costs for fertilizer created by the restrictions and tariffs.