Exporting the 2021 grain harvest is the most significant hurdle facing Ukraine’s agriculture industry following Russia’s February invasion, but efforts continue and optimism is high that shipping will return to usual sooner than later.

“We are thinking everything will be normal, finally win the war, everything will be exported to the world as we want and what the world wants, and the new harvest of 2022 will be given,” said Yevhenii Tkachenko, an agricultural industry representative in Ukraine.

“It’s very difficult, but we keep fighting, we keep living, we keep working, we keep planting. Everything will be okay.”

Tkachenko participated in a Farm Journal panel June 1 discussing the effects of Ukraine on global agriculture — and the ripple effects of the war being felt across the world.

Joining Tkachenko were Jim...