Farmers and consumers fill effects as gas prices rise

POSTED: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 3:59pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- When gas prices rise, so does everything else.

Texas Farm Bureau says farmers and consumers are feeling the pinch.

"No matter where you start from, to get it to a finished product, requires manufacturing and fuel costs throughout the process," said Texas Farm Bureau's Amanda Hill.

It starts on farms like Kevin Huffman's. He grows corn and wheat but isn't benefiting from the high prices you pay for them.

"It's after the farmer that all the price comes in," said Huffman.

Huffman pays $1,200 to fill up one of his tractors with gas. While the spike in gas prices raises his expenses nearly 85 percent, his share of what you pay... is very small.

"It just feels like you're never going to get our of the rut. You're always in a hole," said Huffman.

When food leaves the farm, it's on to package and transport the food which adds even more fuel costs, and getting the groceries from the trucks into your hands takes a lot of fuel and it costs a lot of money.

Shoppers like Linda Sorenson are definitely taking notice.

"It's a lot of pain because there's other things you need, and by the time you buy groceries and then you try to go to the doctor, you know, it's just hard," said Sorenson.

Sorenson paid more than $130 for groceries and says it won't last a week.

So, as Texas Farm Bureau warns, get ready to pay three to four percent more for food this year. However, they say prices will eventually level out.


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