Today’s Issues

While the Minnesota food and agriculture sector continue to support the state economy, family farmers, businesses that support farming operations and food companies of all sizes are experiencing varying degrees of economic stress. Here are some of the challenges this critical economic sector is facing:

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COVID-19

The global pandemic has created a rush of consumer demand that at times has stressed our food supply system.

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Economic recession:

The U.S. economy’s sudden and severe contraction has impacted workers and companies across the country, including the Minnesota’s food businesses and farming operations.

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Global trade conflicts:

Ongoing tariffs and international punitive actions have sharply reduced demand for MN exports of commodities and products.

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Tax and regulatory policies:

Overburdensome taxes and regulations are marginalizing the competitiveness of Minnesota’s food and farm businesses compared to other states.

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Information Kit
Sustainability, Environmental Protection and Animal Care Fact Sheet

 

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Infographic
Consumer Expectations Fact Sheet
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Protein Fact Sheet
Exports Fact Sheet
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Ag and Food Challenges Fact Sheet
Unexpected Products Fact Sheet
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Innovation Fact Sheet
Diverse Sectors Serving Minnesota Ag and Food Fact Sheet
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Food Supply Chain Fact Sheet
Made in Minnesota Fact Sheet
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Environmental Sustainability Fact Sheet
26 Metro Area Ag + Food Companies Fact Sheet