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Sadly, most people think food on grocery store shelves just appears and is perpetually available. From their perspective, why wouldn’t they believe that? Aside from supply chain interruptions during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, there hasn’t been a time in recent history when we’ve lacked stocked shelves 24/7.
It couldn’t be further from reality, though. The number of processes that must happen to turn a field of crops into food on your local supermarket shelf is astonishing, and that’s if everything goes perfectly.
Growing up on a family farm, I can tell you with certainty that farmers and workers in the agriculture industry face a never-ending stack of challenges. A prime example of a significant setback that can affect agriculture supply chains is happening right now in Saginaw County, Michigan, where a large grain fire is burning out of control, according to WJRT-TV.
“A fire is continuing to burn at a Saginaw County grain elevator hours after starting. About 10:10 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18, Richland Township firefighters responded to a fire at The Andersons Inc., an agricultural storage and supply company at 485 S. Hemlock Road,” Michigan News Source tweeted Tuesday morning.
The fire reportedly broke out on Sunday at a Richland Township, Michigan-based grain silo. The out-of-control fire is so intense that multiple fire departments have been called to help battle the fire.
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