Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Peterson says for now the food supply is stable, but things could change in the near future.

“Our consumers will see some disruption and may see some higher prices,” said Peterson. “It will become more pronounced depending on how long the COVID-19 situation continues.”

Peterson says that’s due to meat processing plant closures. He says they’re looking at that issue on a regional level and not just a state level.

“It is really a coordinated effort,” said Peterson. “We’re in constant contact with our partners in other states and the USDA. We’re working with our congressional delegation as well.”

The issues stem from the Smithfield Plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and the JBS Plant in Worthington being closed, as well as others in the region being taken off-line due to COVID-19.