Minnesota Pork Board member Daryl Timmerman says labor is going to be a key focus in 2023. He says it doesn’t matter if you’re a local hardware store, restaurant, gas station, or big farm — staffing shortages continue:

“In the swine industry if you look at more broadly even stretches into the packing plants where in being able to continue to have them staffed at a level such that we can get not only things harvested but also get full value out of that carcass to make sure that the farmers are paid fairly that’s really really important.”

The Minnesota pork industry supports over 30,000 jobs across the state.