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A Livestock Farmer, a Pandemic and Meat Shortages

By Kaomi Lee

Grass-fed livestock farmer Hannah Bernhardt of Finlayson, Minn., has noticed a sudden uptick in the number of orders coming in to her direct-to-consumer business. For the first time, she's sold out of her available grass-fed beef through January 2021. She talked to Almanac's One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Goetz about this new development and how the coronavirus pandemic has brought new light - and scrutiny - to the livestock food chain in the state.

This story was published May 19, 2020.

In MN, 26 percent of all farms are run by women, according to the most recent USDA study in 2017. And many of those women count themselves among the millennial generation, including Hannah Bernhardt, who is also featured in this story from One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Goetz.

One Greater Minnesota reporter Kaomi Goetz also examined the rise of mental health issues in farm country, a crisis that has gotten the attention of Gov. Tim Walz and his administration.

A herd of bison in Blue Mounds State Park has earned a unique distinction: Unlike many bison, this herd doesn’t have hybrid cattle genes. Discover more about the partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Zoo that led to the discovery.

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