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In Colorado, New Year’s wishes for no more supply-chain woes might be put on hold

Businesses continue to grapple with delays, shortages, high prices

Judith Kohler
The Denver Post
Farmworkers at Hirakata Farms harvest pumpkins on Sept. 23, 2020.
RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

Fertilizer. Tractor tires. Bins, boxes and pallets. Those are all items on Michael Hirakata’s shopping list, not for the holidays but for next year.

They were all items in short supply or much pricier than usual this year because of disruptions and backlogs in the global supply chain, and the Rocky Ford farmer is planning ahead for next season.

“I’ve never ever seen anything like this before,” said Hirakata, whose family has farmed in southeastern Colorado for five generations.



Warnings about empty shelves and scarcity of trappings of the holidays — Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas trees — haven’t all panned out. But even as some of the kinks in the supply chain have loosened, others stubbornly stay snarled.

Read more via The Denver Post.




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