LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution sponsored by Sen. Curt VanderWall to urge Congress to pass legislation that would allow farmers, along with coalitions and trade associations representing farmers, to petition the U.S. International Trade Commission to temporarily waive tariffs on imports of fertilizer and fertilizer ingredients imported from Morocco.
“Fertilizer prices in the U.S. are now at an all-time high. In some cases, they have more than tripled; this is a very serious problem and these prices are not sustainable,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “We have heard from farmers who are considering either not fertilizing or not planting at all this year due to the sky-high cost of fertilizer. It cannot be stressed enough how important our farmers are to the food chain, to the future of Michigan, and the future of America. When farmers face rising costs, everyday people end up spending more on food. With prices where they are, inaction isn’t really an option right now. This resolution supports not just our farmers, but ultimately the people of Michigan.”
Senate Resolution 139 says, “Michigan’s agricultural industry is vitally important to the state economy. As our nation’s second most diverse agricultural system, it contributes more than $104.7 billion in economic activity annually to the state. More than 800,000 people work in Michigan’s agricultural industry, and care for nearly 11 million acres of land.”
Copies of SR 139 will now be sent to the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the members of Michigan’s congressional delegation.