Minnesota pork producers dealing with lack of available labor

Minnesota pork producers are struggling to find labor as unemployment numbers remain low. 

Minnesota Pork Board president Darryl Timmerman says people are the number one resource for pig farmers.

“So when you look at just general unemployment across the state of Minnesota, it’s very tight. And then when you zero in on the rural communities where the majority of our pig farms are located, the unemployment is even lower.”

Speaking to Brownfield at the 2024 Minnesota Pork Congress in Mankato Tuesday, he said guest worker programs are helping.

“But certainly that’s not a silver bullet that would totally replace all the local talent that we also have from our communities.”

Timmerman says recruiting young people to the pork industry is a priority.

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