The U.S. and Canadian border closed Friday for non-essential traffic to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says food and agriculture commodities will continue to move for now. According to Petersen, the border is expected to be closed for the next few weeks. He also says the Minnesota Ag Department is also trying to think ahead at supplies farmers could need for spring fieldwork. “We’re trying to prepare. Farmers could be in the fields in parts of Minnesota in 10 days to two weeks,” says Petersen. “That’s a really positive thing to think about, but it’s important we can move products around. We’ll be looking at hours of service waivers and weight limits. We are also communicating with suppliers on what’s available right now.” The Trump administration also closed the border to Mexico for non-essential traffic on Friday.
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