According to a new report from University of Minnesota Extension, the loss of hog farms due to COVID-19 would have a significant impact on Main Street. Extension Educator Megan Roberts says a 15 percent reduction in Minnesota hog production was used for sampling purposes. “It could result in a loss of $660 million of economic output in the state of Minnesota.” Packing plants are back online, but there still is not a home for approximately 25 percent of the state hog supply. “These are real families facing this crisis and we know that not all farms will survive this crisis as hog farmers and this has repercussions well beyond their individual farms.” The University of Minnesota Extension will soon release similar economic analysis for the poultry and dairy industries.
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