Fuel adds to farm frustrations
Money from food price increases getting caught up at middleman
By MIKE JAMES
The rows of corn poke hopefully out of the ground in Glen Young’s field.
Just a few inches of green now, the tiny stalks represent thousands of dollars of investment, not to mention long days of plowing, fertilizing and planting.
Young farms the 15-acre field south of I-64 along with another 16 acres nearby and separate plots of wheat, hay and switchgrass.
With corn prices spiraling worldwide, Young can expect to get $6 or more per bushel at harvest, compared to the $3.60 he received a year ago.
So why isn’t he out shopping for vacation condos or luxury cars?