Head of Nebraska Farm Bureau says hay production decline could hurt farmers, raise grocery prices
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — According to new research conducted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says hay production has been reported to be 50% of average or less in many areas of Nebraska. The U.S. is also seeing a 50-year low in hay production.
All this surrounds the ongoing drought we’ve seen in several parts of the country, including Nebraska.
Mark McHargue, the president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau, sat down with Channel 8’s Andrew Ward to discuss the impact the lack in hay production is having on area farmers and what this could also mean for grocery store prices.
“In these cycles, there are winners and losers,” McHargue tells Channel 8. “Some ranchers are going to be all right, some farmers are going to be all right and some are going to have to sell off their herds, which means less meat protein in our grocery stores.”