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Biden unveils measures to bolster farm production amid food shortages, rising costs

President Biden announced steps to bolster production on U.S. farms Wednesday in a bid to reverse food shortages and pin blame for rising costs on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr. Biden will travel to a family farm in Kankakee, Illinois, to promote the moves, which include doubling spending on domestic fertilizer production.

The president is battling high prices of consumer goods in the wake of the pandemic and supply chain shocks. Republicans say he overheated the economy with virus-relief money and hasn’t done enough to ease energy prices, prompting Mr. Biden to pin the blame for rising gas prices and agricultural shocks on Mr. Putin.

“Putin’s unjustified invasion of Ukraine has cut off a critical source of wheat, corn, barley, oilseeds, and cooking oil,” the White House said in a fact sheet. “It has also disrupted global supply chains for fertilizer, which farmers depend on

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