The agricultural supply and service industry is wincing as millions of acres may go unplanted this year. The industry, from seed, fertilizer and inputs to spraying services, now faces a major shortfall in income.
As farmers fall back on crop insurance coverage and government disaster payments, retailers want the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to realize the impact of unintended consequences on their sector.
Darren Coppock is President and CEO of the Agricultural Retailers Association based in Washington D.C. His members are agricultural suppliers, particularly local fertilizer and agrochemical dealers.
AUDIO: Darren Coppock, Agricultural Retailers Association
Coppock says his industry stands in support of farmers but fears the disruption from this year’s unusually wet weather will have major ramifications.
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