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Rise In Fuel Costs Hits Farmers, Suppliers

Fuel prices have risen considerably over the past week, affecting area farmers and farm suppliers among other businesses. Scott Bensink, Petroleum Manager at Two Rivers Co-op says turmoil in the Middle East is one of the biggest reasons for the spike. He says the price increase for farmers means higher input costs which can have a negative impact on their bottom line, depending on how much emphasis they put on using petroleum-based fertilizers. Bensink says that current petroleum inventory levels in the US are good, but that doesn’t mean prices can’t change rapidly.