Meatpacking Plant Employees Refuse to Work

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the corporations that own these plants—there are very few of them, these days, due to corporate mergers and acquisitions—have implemented some safety measures, including partitions, masks, and temperature checks. But Reuters reported this week that those measures have not assuaged the fear of workers. A union told Reuters that …

10 million hogs with nowhere to go

https://www.nationalhogfarmer.com/business/10-million-hogs-nowhere-go At current capacity levels, more than 170,000 market-ready hogs per day can't be processed into the food supply. These hogs will eventually stay on farms too long and grow too large to be accepted by harvest facilities. It is estimated that up to 10.069 million market hogs will need to be euthanized between the …

Lawmakers Asking for FEMA Help on Livestock Depopulation, Disposal

A copy of the document is available here. WASHINGTON (May 8, 2020) – In a bipartisan letter to President Donald Trump Friday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota urged the Administration to provide guidance on how the Federal Emergency Management Agency can help farmers depopulate and dispose of livestock following the closure of …

More than 1000 test positive for coronavirus at Tyson Foods meat plant the day it is reopened

Local officials Thursday identified 1,031 workers from Tyson's Waterloo, Iowa plant who tested positive for coronavirus or for antibodies that show they were previously infected. The news came the same day the facility resumed operations following a two-week closure prompted by the coronavirus. via  TheHill