Catastrophic for American food supply? Union Pacific significantly cuts fertilizer shipments during spring planting season

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DEERFIELD, IL- You may never have heard of CF Industries, but a release that company issued this past week should send chills down the spine of every American. CF Industries is engaged in leveraging their “unique capabilities to accelerate the world’s transition to clean energy,” according to their Strategy Overview.

So to put fears of leftist to rest, CF Industries is not some type of “right wing” conglomerate. Their mission is “to provide clean energy to feed and fuel the world sustainably.” That is a mission we can all get behind.

This is why a corporate communication issued by CF Industries on April 14 is so disturbing. As a leading manufacturer of hydrogen and nitrogen products, they are an important component of the agricultural industry not only in the US, but across the globe.

Last week, the company advised customers it serves via Union Pacific rail lines that shipping reductions implemented by the railroad would result in delays of nitrogen fertilizer shipments.

This comes at a very untimely moment because we are currently in the midst of the spring growing season, when fertilizer is a vital component in our ability to raise crops. CF said they “would be unable to accept new rail sales involving Union Pacific for the foreseeable future.” CF is one of 30 companies to face such restrictions.

What will the result of this be? In some corners, the belief is this could prove catastrophic, as the United States is already facing food shortages (been to the grocery store lately?).

Moreover, this shutdown doesn’t only affect fertilizer, but also Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which is a necessary component for tractors, transportation trucks, construction equipment, and any machinery that uses diesel engines. This was explained in the CF Industries release as follows:

CF Industries ships to customers via Union Pacific rail lines primarily from its Donaldsville Complex in Louisiana and its Port Neal Complex in Iowa. The rail lines serve key agricultural areas such as Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, and California.

Products that will be affected include nitrogen fertilizers such as urea and urea ammonium nitrate (UAN) as well as diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), an emissions control product required for diesel trucks. CF Industries is the largest producer of urea, UAN and DEF in North America, and its Donaldsville Complex is the largest single production facility for the products in North America.

CF Industries Holdings, Inc., president, and CEO Tony Will said:

“The timing of this action by Union Pacific could not come at a worse time for farmers. Not only will fertilizer be delayed by these shipping restrictions, but additional fertilizer needed to complete spring applications may be unable to reach farmers at all. By placing this arbitrary restriction on just a handful of shippers. Union Pacific is jeopardizing farmers’ harvests and increasing the cost of food for consumers.”

According to Transport Topics News, Union Pacific said it was “limiting rail traffic and hiring aggressively as part of a plan to improve service after grain and ethanol shippers complained about shortcomings.”

TTN reported that federal regulators plan on holding hearings later this month about service problems along Union Pacific’s railways, along with other major U.S. railroads.

Those problems have caused some grain mills and ethanol plants to cut production while awaiting trains, with some farmers left without a place to sell their crops because grain elevators are having trouble shipping grain.

Union Pacific Railroad spokeswoman Kristen South said the railroad is implementing these measures to address problems in the supply chain affecting railway shipments. She said the company has also removed 100 locomotives out of storage, while shifting roughly 80 crew members to high-demand locations.

Union Pacific informed CF industries “without advance notice,” the company said that it was immediately cutting down the number of private cars available to certain shippers on its railroad. CF was instructed to “reduce its shipments by nearly 20%,” the company’s release said.

While CF Industries believes it will be able to fulfill delivery of products already contracted through Union Pacific destinations, there will likely be delays. The issue comes in where the railroad has advised CF that noncompliance will result in an embargo of their facilities. That would result in CF Industries not having available shipping capacity to take new rail orders to meet late season demand for fertilizer.

All of this of course comes on top of the situation in Ukraine, which is responsible for a substantial portion of fertilizer worldwide, so any further cuts could prove to be catastrophic for an already tenuous US food chain.

CF Industries noted in their press release that “the application of nitrogen fertilizer is critical to maximizing crop yields. If farmers are unable to secure all the nitrogen fertilizer that they require in the current season because of supply chain disruptions such as rail shipping restrictions, the Company expects yield will be lower.”

All of this of course will lead to further increases in food prices, which with the current inflation rate being in excess of 8% and approaching 9% will only make matters much worse.

CF Industries has promised to engage with the federal government to seek help in prioritizing fertilizer shipments in order to ensure that spring planting will not be adversely impacted.

“CF Industries’ North American manufacturing network continues to produce at a high rate to meet the needs of customers, farmers, and consumers,” said Will. “We urge the federal government to take action to remove these Union Pacific rail shipment restrictions to ensure this vital fertilizer will be able to reach U.S. farmers when and where they need it.”

Catastrophic for American food supply? Union Pacific significantly cuts fertilizer shipments during spring planting season

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USA- While the American people are distracted by skyrocketing inflation, record gas prices, and a maniacal madman committing genocide on Ukrainian citizens in Eastern Europe, an even more ominous crisis is bearing down on our country and in fact the rest of the globe.

The convergence of events seems to have set into motion a collapse of food production and crop harvests that spell trouble going forward and may in fact cause a global famine through 2024.

The main reason for this is that crops and plants don’t simply grow overnight…they take time to be planted, grown, and harvested, so if they’re not planted, there’s no way to immediately replace them.

Check out the following reasons for the coming global food crisis:

  • Floods and droughts causing sharp drops in crop production in China, Russia, the US, and other nations;
  • Economic sanctions against Russia are causing a halting of food and fertilizer exports;
  • War in Ukraine, leading to a halt to the 2022 planting season for crops such as wheat, corn, soy, and other crops;
  • The related war in the Black Sea, which is halting ship movements in ports, such as the Ukrainian port of Odessa, which normally export crops;
  • Biden has shut down fossil fuel production in the US, which will add significant costs to fertilizers and agricultural operations;
  • Global fiat currency money printing, which is adding to spiking food inflation.

All of this will lead to two issues—food scarcity and food inflation.

Scarcity means exactly what it says, there will be no or very low supply no matter what the cost. One only needs to look at grocery store shelves and that is clear. Inflation means that whatever food is indeed available will be significantly higher in price. Either of these will lead to panic, which will likely lead to civil unrest.

It is reported that farmers have been reporting around a 300% increase in their costs to produce crops such as wheat. This is due primarily to:

  1. The cost of fertilizer and seed
  2. The cost of fuel to power agricultural equipment
  3. The availability of tractors and other equipment (as well as their related parts) in order to carry out agricultural operations.

All three of those factors have been significantly strained due to the other conditions mentioned above. Taken together with higher fuel costs, transportation expenses to get grain to storage and milling providers has increased exponentially. In other words, farmers get a double dose of rising fuel costs; one for running their equipment, secondly for transportation costs.

Already at over $5 per gallon, diesel fuel is headed up toward $6 per gallon, which will put additional upward pressure on food prices across the board. And the Biden administration has done literally nothing to ease the upward pressure on fuel prices.

On his first days in office, Biden kowtowed to the radical far-left base of his party and started his war on the energy sector. In fact, in the early days of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, Biden did more to sanction the US energy sector than the Russian one.

Russia and Ukraine are two of the biggest exporters of fertilizer, and with prices having already tripled and likely to go higher, the supply of fertilizer is growing scarce, Natural News says.

It also notes that some five billion people on the planet depend on fossil fuel-created fertilizer for their primary source of food. If fertilizer production were to go to zero, the math is pretty easy—about five billion people will starve to death.

Now, production isn’t down to zero, and is more likely in the 25%-30% decrease range at the moment, maybe a bit more. Yet that still means that a significant number of people are looking at famine or starvation in the crop seasons ahead.

This is where the radical left environmentalists have jumped the shark. They ignore the fact that food comes from fertilizer which comes using hydrocarbons. Fossil fuels to much more than power cars, planes, and heat our homes,

It is predicted that this summer, we may see a scarcity of some food products by perhaps late summer, and it will be obvious at the retail level.

According to a website called StrangeSounds.org, they predict an actual “wheat apocalypse”:

A limited supply of soft white wheat, the primary type of wheat grown in the Inland Northwest, has helped lead to a six-year low for wheat exports from the United States. That’s according to the USDA wheat report for February. The report also states that 71 percent of US. Winter wheat is being hit by drought in 2022.

Egypt’s food security crisis now poses an existential threat to its economy. The fragile state of Egypt’s food security stems from the agricultural sector’s inability to produce enough cereal grains, especially wheat and oilseeds to meet even half of the country’s domestic demand.

The article also speaks to China, where rare heavy rainfall last year delayed the planting of about one-third of the normal wheat acreage.

Meanwhile, Canada’s wheat crop has shrunk to its smallest in 14 years, while its canola harvest has hit a nine-year low, according to a government report last week.

Hungary has stopped all grain exports in order to protect its domestic supply. Countries expected to experience serious disruptions due to food scarcity include Egypt, Thailand, and the Philippines.

All of this points to store shelves being bare this summer, and for those which do have food, costs are looking to be two to three times as much as normal.

Reuters recently reported that food inflation has hit 20%, according to a United Nations agency. And those are not recent numbers. It is believed that by the time summer and fall numbers are factored in, it would be closer to 50%.

What is going to be the offshoot of this? The writer believes “global uprisings, chaos and social unrest on an unprecedented scale.”

The author predicts that while not every city will collapse into anarchy, conditions of extreme poverty and desperation will result in:

  • Flash mob looting of grocery stores;
  • Gunpoint robberies of people exiting grocery stores, carrying groceries
  • Highway robberies of transport trucks that are delivering goods to grocery retailers (a tactic used in Venezuela)
  • Increased carjackings, home invasions, and crime derived from desperation and starvation

Buckle up people. Biden’s policies have already caused undue harm to our country, and by the looks of it, this is just the beginning. Food shortages are something new for our country, something we haven’t had to deal with in quite some time, if ever.

Catastrophic for American food supply? Union Pacific significantly cuts fertilizer shipments during spring planting season

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In case you haven’t been listening to the White House lately, you may not be aware of this. Apparently, everything that has gone wrong the past 14 months of Biden’s administration is because Putin invaded Ukraine 3 weeks ago.

No, really.

Don’t believe it? Just ask Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary.

Inflation? Putin.

Gas prices? Putin.

More on these two things later.

The only thing on the world stage that may actually be due to this criminal invasion is a potential grain shortage.

Russia and Ukraine are responsible for 29% of global exports of wheat, 19% of corn and 80% of sunflower oil. The continuance of this war has the experts concerned.

As reported by Fox Business:

“This reliance has many traders worried that any further military force could trigger a massive scramble by food importers to replace supplies normally sourced from the Black Sea region.

Chicago futures for grain closing 41% higher than the previous week at $12.09. That jump marks the biggest gain over six decades. On Monday, the price closed up for the 6th consecutive day.”

Russia also happens to be one of the biggest exporters of fertilizer, accounting for more than 50 million tons. That is roughly 13% of the world’s total annually.

And now, the Epoch Times is reporting that Vladimir Putin is threatening consequences if countries suspend their imports of Russian oil, gas and fertilizer.

“‘This obstruction of supplies concerns energy carriers, oil. Of course, it concerns gas, including liquefied gas. This also concerns fertilizers and some other goods, metals, and so on, chemical products in the broad sense of the word. As for fertilizers, then, of course, if this continues further, it will have serious consequences for this segment of the world market and for food in general,’ Putin said, according to TASS. 

Putin added that any attempts to interfere with the supply of Russian products will also negatively impact the global economy.

‘It will also affect macroeconomic indicators because inflation is inevitable in this case.'”

Given that inflation is already at a ridiculous rate in the US, this could impact the purchasing power of farmers nationally, impacting their ability to grow. Fertilizer is costing 98% more this year compared to 2021.

Farm owner Ryck Suydam told Fox Business that last year, it cost him $17,000 to fertilize his 300-acre farm. This year, $34,000 to cover only half of his acreage.

“My fear is that we’re gonna probably lose money this year,” Suydam said. “Some farmers are sitting out. They’ll say ‘never mind, I’m not going to fertilize my fields this year. I know before I even plant a crop, I’m going to lose money. Why am I doing it? They’ll let the fields go fallow.”

Economists are warning that disruption in supply of fertilizers will drive the cost of food prices up further.

Suydam highlighted what many Americans already know. If the Biden administration hadn’t shut down production of natural resources here in the US, the impact of Russia’s engagement in Ukraine would not be creating the havoc that it is.

“We’ve got a lot of natural gas in this country,” Suydam said. “Open the gates, the pipeline, you’re sure to get more natural gas flowing, bring that price down and more fertilizer be available.”

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But wait, Jen Psaki just told us all that they aren’t shutting down the drilling of fossil fuels. We are where we are today because of Putin.

Peter Doocy took Psaki to task over the White House’s reliance on the “this is all Putin’s fault” defense.

But she stood firm, doubling down by saying that the increase in prices over the last 14 months was because experts predicted that this might happen.

But Jenn, if they predicted this might happen, why has the administration been saying that inflation is temporary, when in fact it has been record breaking? Why are you continuing to say it is temporary when other experts say they do not know when this war in Ukraine will end or what the results will be?

If this war and Putin’s military actions have been the catalyst to all of the price increases in the US, how could it be temporary?

Oh, by the way, do you all remember when the White House was blaming inflation on supply chain issues that were solely driven by COVID?

Wait, what?

Also, did Jenn forget that we have the ability to do our own research and prove you to be a liar?

The average price for a gallon of gas when Biden took office was $2.38.

In November, when the Russians began their unusual troop movement in November, it was $3.63. An increase of $1.25. And that increase can arguably be completely attributed to Biden removing the US from a place of energy independence and putting us back into reliance of foreign oil.

And that $0.75 increase that Psaki alluded to in the briefing, it is actually only $0.54, taking us to a current national average of $4.17. And those same experts that Psaki keeps referring to, they believe that gas will stay above $4 until November 2022.

The Daily Wire also pointed this out when they reported:

“‘It sounds like you are blaming Putin for the increase in gas prices recently, but weren’t gas prices going up anyway because of post-pandemic supply chain issues?’ Doocy asked.

‘Well, I think that there’s no question that as we have seen and outside analysts have conveyed as well, the increase and the anticipated continue increase…that is a direct result of the invasion of Ukraine, and also there was anticipation of that,’ Psaki replied, appearing to suggest that gas prices had only risen prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine because the markets had anticipated it.”

So, this meteoric rise in inflation we are seeing along with the increase in gas prices, are “temporary,” given that the White House believes that things will level off at the end of the year. So, 23 months is temporary to these clowns?

Meanwhile, notice that they are using the words “level off,” and not “return to pre-invasion/pre-pandemic levels.”

If the price of good and services remain at an inflated level, even if that level plateaus, it is still inflated. That is not temporary, it is sustained. But none of that matters to this administration, and Biden’s own response indicates that they aren’t going to do anything about it.

But wait, Joe. Did you not tell the American people the exact opposite?

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While Americans get slammed at the gas pump, Biden poised to spend billions worldwide to promote “gender equity”

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WASHINGTON, DC- While the American people concentrate on where they are going to get the money to fill their gas tank of buy their next supply of groceries, at least Joe Biden has his priorities straight.

He is poised to request a mere $2.6 billion for foreign assistance programs to promote gender equality worldwide, The Hill reports. Biden made the announcement on International Women’s Day on Tuesday.

The funds will be included as part of Biden’s FY2023 budget request to be submitted to Congress and will more than double the amount requested for such programs last year.

“On this day and every day, let us recognize that all of us have a better future when women and girls can reach their full potential—and together, let’s renew our efforts to advance dignity, equality, and limitless possibilities for all,” Biden said in a statement.

Biden said International Women’s Day was the perfect time to acknowledge the achievements of women and girls, celebrate progress, and recommit to work that needs to be done.

“Ensuring that every woman and girl has that chance isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s also a strategic imperative that advances the prosperity, stability, and security of our nation and the world.

Yet too often, in too many places, women and girls face obstacles that limit their possibilities and undermine their participation in economic, political, and social life,” Biden continued.

The fact Biden was actually using the terms “woman” and “girl” might be viewed as a step in the right direction, although likely has gotten the base of the Democrat Party upset for not including any of the 57 varieties of gender identity pervasive among the far-left loons of that party.

Biden made the claim that “barriers” faced by women were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, which he claims limited women’s ability to participate in the labor force (due to draconian policies put in place by Democratic mayors and governors, which kept children out of in-person learning), increased the burden on caregivers, and allegedly increased gender-based violence. Biden gave no examples for this hyperbolic statement.

One might think that Biden would be seeking to lower the temperature in order to remove stress from families, currently struggling with out-of-control inflation, skyrocketing fuel prices, and supply chain issues.

It is policies implemented by Biden and his ilk which have likely led to increased stress, which in turn has caused increases in domestic violence among all demographics.

International Women’s Day this year marked the one-year anniversary of Biden creating the Whi9te House Gender Policy Council through (of course) an executive order, which is responsible for leading a government-wide effort to advance gender equity and equality in the U.S. and globally, The Hill said.

 


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