Local elected leaders are speaking in Worthington later today (1pm) to address concerns over food supply interruptions amid COVID-19. Tyson Foods, Smithfield and JBS have all closed facilities recently because cases of Covid-19 spread among plant workers. Minnesota Ag Commissioner Thom Petersen told state lawmakers Tuesday:

“They’re learning from each other, they’re doing everything they can, you know some of these plants are going down out of concern for their employees, as the issue’s developing, they’re changing their locker rooms, their cafeterias, their common areas, how they pass in the hallways.”

Petersen says the state is doing everything it can to help farmers, food producers and food processors during the pandemic. Agriculture industry leaders say the nation’s food supply has rarely been so stressed as it is now amid the spread of coronavirus at processing plants.