Weather impacting farmers already facing rising costs, supply chain issues

The recent cold and rainy weather is just another problem for Western Washington farmers, adding to inflation and supply chain problems.

SEATTLE – A farmer’s life is hard work.

For farmer Matt Steinman, working on the land that has been with his family for five generations, Foothills Farm is worth it.

“We try and feed you rainbows,” says Steinman. The more colorful your plate, the healthier your food will be.

Spring is always in a hurry to get everything planted in time, and this spring comes with even more challenges.

“Sometimes you can’t even get it. You’ll order it and it’s not available. Everything is more expensive. From the shipping to just the supply and demand curve, there’s not a lot of supply,” Steinman said.

From seeds to even rubber bands, these items have gone from 20-25%. Other costs are also significantly higher, says Steinman.

“Last year, Red Die, the tractor diesel, was $1.89 per gallon if we filled the 500-gallon bucket,” says Steinman. Currently it is 4.89”.

In addition to the unusual weather, the planting season came about a month late. It’s not just Matt and his market that is filling up hard.

“We are used to adversities, weather wise, this is one of the worst springs I have ever come across,” said Eiko Vojkovich, owner of Skagit, said Eiko Vojkovich, owner of Skagit River Ranch. River Ranch.

Eiko has owned the farm for 25 years. She said her cattle usually show up in May. Bull butting is when cattle start to gain weight, but with cold weather, Eiko doesn’t.

Inflation and supply chain problems are also causing problems.

“This cost is killing us and how much can you raise to try to recover,” says Eiko.

Both Steinman and Eiko have loyal customers they say they understand and are willing to pay for.

“But still, how much can they afford?” Eiko said.

Even when it starts to rain, they show up, and hopefully consumers will too.

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Russell Falcon

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