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An association composed of state agriculture officials is expressing concerns about shortages of skilled labor that threaten to limit prospects for future meat processing capacity gains aimed at meeting increased demand.

The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) contend that the need for sustainable, skilled workers — and providing the training and tools needed to produce safe, high-quality meat products — is essential. Fewer workers and an increased demand for meat in the post-pandemic era is putting a spotlight on an issue that is affecting farmers, ranchers and meat processors, NASDA noted in a news release following a recent meeting to discuss concerns about the future of the meat industry.