It’s been one year since the COVID pandemic began and recognizing the value of the ag supply chain may be one of the biggest lessons learned. As the pandemic began, keeping food in stock on grocery store shelves challenged agriculture. Then, Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen remembers COVID spreading through meat packing plants, backing up the supply chain. “The importance of the food supply chain became evident.” For livestock producers, the supply chain backup meant finding another home for hogs and cattle and local meat processing boomed. Perhaps one of the biggest concerns on the farm was what happens if someone on the farm gets COVID during the busy season. It’s been a challenging year, but Petersen says if this year proved anything, it’s the value of the ag supply chain and resiliency of agriculture.
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