Navigating Challenges: Minnesota’s Food and Agriculture Manufacturers and Processors Supply Chains

This report illustrates the impact of the novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID) on supply chains for Minnesota food and agriculture manufacturers and processors. A collaboration providing services to Minnesota food and agricultural economic sectors wanted to better understand the supply chain effects of COVID, the resulting pain points and what may be needed to help identify potential new services, resources and supportive actions that would improve supply chain resiliency for Minnesota businesses.

Based on 114 respondents, located throughout Minnesota and representing a wide range of businesses and sectors, the pain points included challenges that resulted in supply chain disruptions, market and sales losses, labor shortages, and bottlenecks. Companies had to make difficult decisions and navigate destabilized supply chains to ensure financial viability. The inconsistent availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and product inputs furthered supply chain disruptions.

The COVID crisis impeded food and agriculture supply chains, yet they did not break. Companies used creative, innovative strategies in stabilizing their businesses. Respondents agree that resiliency needed greater consideration for supply chains to weather future crises. Resilient supply chains require collaboration, partnerships, and breakthrough innovations. Building a resilient supply chain requires collaboration across many entities, as moving towards greater vertical integration can be expensive, especially if there is a trade-off in terms of resiliency.

2020 Economic Contribution Study of Minnesota Agriculture and Forestry

GreenSeam supported AgriGrowth, along with more than two dozen leading Minnesota agricultural stakeholder groups, in the 2020 Economic Contribution Study of Minnesota Agriculture and Forestry.

This comprehensive new report demonstrates the significant contribution agriculture has in Minnesota, from adding $37.1 billion in value to the state’s economy to creating more than 388,000 jobs.

Read the full report:

2020 Economic Contribution Study of Minnesota Agriculture and Forestry

MN State of Ag Report

For the first time in the State of Minnesota, GreenSeam and numerous volunteers, partners and residents have helped to conduct and launch the Minnesota State of Ag Report. 

The State of Ag Report is a comprehensive survey of Minnesota’s agribusinesses and related businesses. It reveals the perceptions and opinions on the economy and other major issues impacting ag businesses, with an emphasis on education and talent attraction and retention. GreenSeam needs business leaders, human resources professionals and executive level professionals to provide their expertise and insights.  

“State of Ag” interview with Al in the Afternoon on KTOE with Sam Ziegler and Shane Bowyer

Stakeholders Report

GreenSeam organizes and aligns the collective work of its stakeholders to promote investment in ag business and contribute to the shared vision.