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Minnesota's farms and food industry face another pandemic growing season


March 29, 2021

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

The JBS pork processing facility in Worthington, Minn., the nation's third-largest and shown here in a file photo. State officials are now gathering with labor leaders, industry groups and public health agencies to reach the people who work in the food industry who will need vaccines, testing and public health information.

The 2021 growing season is about to start in Minnesota, bringing fresh questions about how the state's sizable agriculture and food-processing industries will manage another pandemic spring.

Yet favorable weather and commodity prices last year drove an overall 45% increase in the net value of 13 major Minnesota crops, like soybeans and corn for grain, to $11.7 billion, federal data show. Declines in hog slaughter in April and May didn't stop the state's pork plants from processing 12 million animals throughout 2020, up 1% from the previous year.

Today, Minnesota has just as many live hogs and pigs as it did at this time last year - 9 million.


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