Ukraine crisis could affect fertilizer prices in Central Illinois

25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC
25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 24, 2022 at 6:52 PM CST
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(25 NEWS) - As tensions remain high on the Russia-Ukraine border, the effects of a prolonged conflict could be felt by farmers in Central Illinois.

The Peoria County Farm Bureau says any disruption in the global supply chain could impact local prices. Bradley instructor and Peoria area World Affairs Council Executive Director Angela Weck says this could happen if things don’t deescalate.

“We import a lot of fertilizer from Ukraine,” Weck said. “If things go awry in Ukraine, that would directly affect us in Central Illinois with so many farmers that depend on it.”

Weck says the conflict could still raise further issues between the west and Russia and China and says too much attention on Russia could allow China to take more aggressive action against Taiwan and vice versa.

“Relations between Russia and China have become closer,” Weck said. “They are not allies or friends, but they have a common interest in dividing the west.”

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