Mergers and acquisitions among ag and food processors could be a rising trend into 2021 as supply chain members continue to adjust to the global pandemic and ways they can maintain profitable operations, two economists said this week. Though the COVID-19 situation accelerated the trend, the move toward mergers in the grain sector has been in place for a few years since the markets generally turned lower and margins tightened earlier this decade. The coming year could be one of a lot of change in the food and ag sectors as companies from grain processors to food retailers continue to adjust to challenges created by the pandemic, and changes in things like grain and pork exports during the process will likely have some pricing implications for producers, making them key factors to watch in 2021. See more from this recent discussion.