Farmers Discuss Future Plans

1 decade 10 months 1 week ago November 14, 2005 Nov 14, 2005 Monday, November 14 2005 Monday, November 14, 2005 6:20:03 PM CST in News

Monday, farming officials held an agricultural summit to discuss how to plan for the future as costs continue to rise.

Orion Beckmeyer farms in Hartsburg and has concerns about his future farming even though he didn't get to attend the summit.

"Well all of our input costs are going through the roof it seems like, we've got some sandy ground which requires a lot of irrigation, we spent twice as much on fuel this year as we did last year," said Beckmeyer.

While farmers are working to prepare the fields for next year, the officials at the agricultural summit are working to prepare the industry for problems caused by the drought and high fuel prices.

Beyond recovery from this year's drought it will not be easy to transport the state's crops because the Missouri River will be closed next year.

The cost of fertilizer doubled in the last three years and fuel prices continue to climb.

Officials want to look for alternate fuels, like biodiesel and find other locations for fuel sources.

Charles Krause, the Missouri Farm Department Bureau President said,"If we are not going to explore for more oil in Alaska and recover it in an environmentally safe way, if we are not going to explore and find more oil in the continental United States, if we are not going to recover more oil and natural gas offshore then somebody is going to have to answer the question what are we gonna do?"

Beckmeyer thinks the summit could help his future because he thinks talking about the problem is one way of solving it.

The state officials want Missouri's farm problems addressed at a national level.

A report from Monday's discussions on possible solutions will go to Missouri's House and Senate Members.

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