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I am old enough to remember when inflation was a fact of life for Americans, but it is still a shock to me. I can just imagine how younger workers, who have never seen the devastating impact of inflation, could be somewhat grumpy with their lot in life at the moment.

Berkshire Agriculture Ventures, a Berkshires-based nonprofit dedicated to supporting local farmers and food entrepreneurs, is attempting to address the processing bottlenecks for livestock farmers in the Berkshires with its new Local Meat Processing Support Program. The short-term goal of the program is to increase processing capacity by 25 percent for existing USDA-inspected processors, which will help Berkshire farmers get more locally-raised meat to the community.