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Farmers also stressed by rising agriculture prices

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - No doubt you've seen groceries go up, but it's not just stressing shoppers, but farmers as well.

About 89 percent of texas farmers are expecting money problems.

But it's not all doom and gloom.

East Texas farmers and horticulturists are finding ways to make ends meet, which was evident today at the Ag tour in Nacogdoches County.

"We will normally get three crops," Georeg Millard said. Millard owns a medium-sized farm.

 Millard doesn't deal with freight costs. He sells his produce locally. Strawberries are in this week. But just like the big commerical growers, Millard is seeing the cost of doing business going up. 

 "Fuel and fertilizer and they're still sky high," he said.

Millard plows less to help offset the 300 dollars a month in electricity to run an irrigation system, a must for any commercial farmer. 

"mother nature is a sweet girl, but sometimes she's pretty, she doesn't cooperate to well with you," he said.

On an even smaller place the mccartys grow over 11-hundred tomato plants.

The mccartys expense is offset by a lack of liability. a home grown product kept them in the black during a frightful tomoato salmonella scare.

Operating costs are climbing, but when East Texas farmers maintain consumer confidence they won't be scared off by financial stress.

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