Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addressed the current supply chain disruptions during his address to the American Farm Bureau Federation. “There’s a lot of reasons why we’re faced with the current dilemma and in a strange way part of it is good news in that there is tremendous demand,” said Vilsack. “That indicates that we’re beginning to expand and grow the economy, but when you have that demand it places a strain on the supply chain and after being dormant during the pandemic the supply chain wasn’t prepared for that immediate uptick in demand.” Action has been taken to ease congestion at the ports and put more truckers on the road. The shortage of shipping containers is also a focus. “We have too many empty containers leaving our ports without having agricultural products in them so we’re working on effforts to incent those containers to be filled with agricultural products.” Vilsack said more announcements will be coming from USDA in the near future.
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