The coronavirus pandemic caused major hiccups in the food supply chain earlier in the year, particularly when it came processing and transportation of ag commodities. That’s why nearly $7.7 million of CARES Act funding is now available agricultural producers and meat processors impacted by the COVID-19. Over $4 million is available for hog farmers and $1.25 for turkey farmers who had to depopulate and dispose of those animals. Another $1 million is set aside for meat processing facilities. “Thankfully we’re seeing more stable supply chain,” says Thom Petersen, commissioner, Minnesota Department of Agriculture. “However, that doesn’t mean mean we’re out of the woods yet. There is still a small backlog of animals we’re working through. We’re prepared just in case there’s a relapse in that supply chain this winter.” This financial support also includes dollars for local food systems, Farm Business Management scholarships and Department of Agriculture grants. Hear more from Petersen in this Red River Farm Network interview.