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, […]

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 […]

Coronavirus: No Quick Fix for Pork Industry – DTN Apr 30, 2020

🕔Apr 30, 2020
The executive order signed Tuesday by President Donald Trump is expected to provide more federal resources to ensure packing plants have safety measures in place for their workers to continue […]

Tyson Chairman Says Food Chain Is “Breaking,” Trump Orders Plants to Stay Open Apr 29, 2020

🕔Apr 29, 2020
Financial Times writer Gregory Meyer reported this week that, “The largest US meat company has warned of shortages for consumers, saying the country’s complex food chain was ‘breaking‘ as Covid-19 spreads to refrigerated packing […]

Coronavirus: Meat-Packer Concentration — The Weak Link In Livestock Industry Apr 29, 2020

🕔Apr 29, 2020
Five weeks ago, when the first wave of panic over the impact of COVID-19 hit grocery stores, consumers quickly emptied out the meat sections of grocery stores—especially hamburger and chicken. […]

Coronavirus: Meat Shortages “Dangerously Close,” as Supply Chain Bottlenecks Persist Apr 27, 2020

🕔Apr 27, 2020
Bloomberg writers Michael Hirtzer and Tatiana Freitas reported recently that, “Plant shutdowns are leaving the U.S. dangerously close to meat shortages as coronavirus outbreaks now spread to suppliers across the Americas. Almost a […]

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