Tomato Farmers Feel The Crunch Of Rising Fuel Prices
Sacramento, CA — Surging fuel prices are taking a toll on area tomato farmers who grow processing tomatoes for ketchup, tomato sauce and other products.
The California Tomato Growers Association says harvest costs have escalated from $72 an acre two years ago to more than $200 this year.
They say fuel prices account for the majority of the increase. Farmers say they are having to absorb the additional costs, which is whittling away profits.