State Sen. Tom Brewer says farm operations in Ukraine are in a Perilous Position

July 19, 2022, 2 p.m. ·

Brewer in Ukraine
State Sen. Tom Brewer speaks via video conference from Ukraine with Brownfield Ag News (photo courtesy Brownfield Ag News)

Nebraska State Senator Tom Brewer continues to help distribute aid in Ukraine – working close the the front lines in eastern Ukraine. He has been there for the past 3 weeks.

Brewer spoke to agriculture news outlet The Brownfield Ag Report about what he sees is happening to farms in the war-torn country.

Brewer said while some farms and fields are being destroyed by Russian troops, farmers, for the most part, continue to grow and harvest crops.

The problem, he says, is getting those crops to markets both in Ukraine and other parts of the world.

He said the U.N. is trying to work to solve that problem, but it is going to be tough to do.

"Because right now, the ports are full, the storage facilities at the ports are full, there are ships full and they can't leave because of the minefields," Brewer said. "So, they have to cut a swatch through the minefields. They have to get the blessing of the Russians so they don't use their navy to sink the ships. and then they have to bring in these huge container ships to be able to move all this out."

Brewer says action needs to be taken quickly before stored grains are lost, and before winter hits.

The senator says he will be returning to Nebraska by the end of this month.

To see the entire interview with Brownfield Ag News, click here.