By: Minnesota Ag Connection Staff
U.S. Rep Angie Craig, a co-founder of the bipartisan Congressional Supply Chain Caucus, convened family farmers, medical manufacturers and a supply chain expert from the University of Minnesota for a discussion about the issues supply chains are currently facing due to COVID-19 impacts.
“Today I heard the clear need for a reliable, high-quality, resilient supply chain with accountability at the federal level. As we think about reopening the economy, we’ve got to make sure the supply chain can support both the presently increased demand from COVID-19 and the demands a restarted economy will place on it,” said Rep. Craig. “That means making sure Personal Protective Equipment continues to reach our hospitals but also reaches food processing plants, truck drivers and local dentist offices. We need to work together to think about stockpiles and allocation so our states are not competing with one another and instead a reliable yet reimagined supply chain will support all of us.”
If you missed today’s roundtable you can view it here.
During today’s conversation, Rep. Craig heard directly about the stresses our nation’s supply chain is currently experiencing, which she will continue to fight tirelessly to address in COVID-19 relief packages:
– Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) must reach multiple sectors on the supply chain so that as we start to reopen our economy those businesses – whether they are frontline healthcare workers, first and foremost, your local dentist’s office, the folks who transport your food to the grocery store or the small business on your main street – are protected.
– The Federal Government needs a supply chain czar to develop and manage a federal strategy focused on both the distribution of PPE but also to support critical agriculture supply chains from the farmer to the consumer.
– Diversifying and stockpiling certain supply chains to ensure they are resilient against future disasters like the COVID-19 pandemic.