OMAHA (DTN) — More than 50 agriculture groups wrote to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to highlight disruptive factors facing the U.S. agricultural and food supply chain, ranging from labor and infrastructure needs to calling on USDA not to idle farm ground.
The Department of Transportation had requested information to prepare a report for President Joe Biden on ways to address the country’s current supply chain challenges.
The letter comes with increasing concerns about the U.S. supply chain and inflation. The American Farm Bureau Federation released some perspective on how COVID-19 has created “pandemic inflation” that is “reshaping the details of supply and demand, the selected shortages coming out of those changes, and those shortages having cascading impacts through the many supply chains that make up our productive economy.”
Farm Bureau’s analysis concluded, “It will take time and investment (and labor, a story for another day) to build out the capacity to fine tune our supply chains again.