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May 18, 2020
Over the past two months there has been more talk about agriculture and our food supply chains than I can remember. Individuals from the consumer, to grocery store employees, to restaurant staff, to processing plant employees, to farm workers, to truck drivers, and to the farmer and rancher have all been impacted one way or other by Covid-19 responses. Businesses, both large and small, have been impacted in a myriad of ways including not enough supply of products to a disappearance of buyers.
Today, agriculture is being realized across the United States and around the world for its importance to our very existence and as the place where our food comes from. Farmers, ranchers, and farm workers have been toiling throughout the pandemic to provide the food supply chains with the basic items we ultimately eat. Meat and food processing workers have continued on during a challenging time to keep our grocery stores supplied as best as could be under the circumstances. Transportation and grocery store employees keep the food moving and the shelves stocked.
We have found out that the food supply chains are more complex and more dependent on each link of the chain than we thought. As long as everything hummed along smoothly and efficiently, most didn't worry about stores shelves being stocked with every food item you could ever want. We will get back to that abundance as agriculture and people are resilient.
When the world comes out on the other side of this pandemic, food supply chains and consumption may look somewhat different as people gravitate to basics and some production may become more localized. Hopefully we as a society will not take agriculture for granted again nor all the people who play a part in each link of the food supply chain.
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