COVID-19 Created Disconnect Between Where Food Is Produced, Where It’s Needed May 21, 2020

🕔May 21, 2020
As perfect storm is currently hitting agriculture. An extended period of low farm product prices, Reduced need for corn-based ethanol due to reduced driving in response to sheltering in place, […]

Coronavirus: Meatpacker Worker Deaths Spark Lawsuits – DTN May 15, 2020

🕔May 15, 2020
The families of two meatpacking plant workers have sued two companies, alleging the lack of safety precautions at work led to the COVID-19 deaths. JBS and Quality Sausage Company each […]

Livestock: Calls for Aid to Pork Farmers – DTN May 15, 2020

🕔May 15, 2020
Members of Congress are turning different directions to try to provide some indemnity for pork producers forced to depopulate their herds. A bipartisan group of 14 senators on Monday sent […]

COVID-19 Roils Ag Markets- Impacts on Income, Food Prices, Production May 13, 2020

🕔May 13, 2020
Washington Post writers David J. Lynch, Annie Gowen and Laura Reiley reported this week that, “President Trump promised this year to deliver a financial bonanza for American farmers, boosted by two historic […]

Livestock: Meat Processing Rebounds, Prices Continue Higher May 12, 2020

🕔May 12, 2020
Beef and pork processing rebounded last week after dropping sharply, while wholesale beef prices continued rocketing to new record highs, according to an analysis done by John Anderson, economist for […]

COVID-19 Has Caused an “Ag Tsunami;” USDA, DOJ Investigate Livestock Markets May 11, 2020

🕔May 11, 2020
Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of Sunday’s Des Moines Register that, “The coronavirus has caused an agricultural tsunami that’s ripped through Iowa and the nation. Markets have been disrupted […]

Coronavirus: Sec. Perdue Expects Meat Plants to Reopen Within 10 Days May 7, 2020

🕔May 7, 2020
Sky Chadde and Kyle Bagenstose reported on the front page of today’s USA Today that, “The meatpacking industry hit a grim milestone this week when the number of coronavirus cases tied to […]

Coronavirus: Kinks in Food Supply Chain Persist May 5, 2020

🕔May 5, 2020
Bloomberg writer Michael Hirtzer reported late last week that, “American beef output is down a lot more than plant closures would have you believe — a sign that slowdowns at facilities will […]

Coronavirus: Meatpacking Plants Expected to Open in “Days Not Weeks” May 1, 2020

🕔May 1, 2020
Bloomberg’s Mike Dorning reported on Thursday that, “Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said he expects meatpacking plants to reopen in ‘days not weeks‘ under President Donald Trump’s executive order invoking the Defense Production Act. Slaughterhouse workers […]

Coronavirus: Supply Chain Woes Persist After Trump Executive Order Apr 30, 2020

🕔Apr 30, 2020
Michael Corkery, David Yaffe-Bellany and Ana Swanson reported in Thursday’s New York Times that, “Ever since slaughterhouses became coronavirus hot spots, the meat industry has been asking the Trump administration for help.” The Times […]

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