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Farm leaders speak on the state of agriculture

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In light of a national pandemic and trade wars, a panel of five leaders within the agricultural industry met Thursday to discuss the importance of trade and supply chains.

The discussion was part of AgTalks Town Hall Series, which focuses on key agricultural states. Other states include Minnesota, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania amongst others. 

Executive Director of the Michigan Bean Association Joe Cramer said things are looking good.

“I’m an old guy so I’m a veteran of being around agriculture, but I don't think it has ever been in a better spot,” he said. “I think we’ve got people equipped to have better conversations and some of those are happening. So I’m excited about agriculture at this moment.”

Laurie Tannous is a special advisor for Cross Border Institute and the vice president of government relations for Farrow. She says COVID has shown the importance of supply chains. 

“Looking back I would say that we are in a better position. I think in a way, I’m cautiously saying this, but COVID has really strengthened agriculture, she said. “I think people realize the importance of nutrition and ensuring a steady supply chain. There’s been a bit of an awakening, an awareness and an education.”

Tannous said she has seen improvements since just last year in the trade industry.