Biden sees bigger role for US farms due to Ukraine war

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — President Joe Biden is vowing to help American farmers try to ease a global spike in food prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He visited a family farm in Illinois on Wednesday and unrolled policies meant to increase harvests in ways that the administration believes could also help to reduce grocery bills at home.

The Democrat is making a pitch aimed at U.S. voters who are struggling with high food prices and nations around the globe that face destabilizing shortages.

The war in Ukraine has disrupted the supply of that country’s wheat to global markets. The war also has triggered higher costs for oil, natural gas and fertilizer.