Interactive Map: Meat Packing Plant Status Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Heartbreaking headlines and discouraging news continue for livestock producers as temporary closures of meat packing plants and rising employee absenteeism due to COVID-19 exacerbates an existing harvest facility capacity challenge due to a labor shortage in rural America.

The map below shows harvest facilities across the United States. Click on the icon for details about the plant, its current operation status, and any related coverage from Farm Journal’s PORK and Drovers. This map will be updated as more information becomes available.

For the latest on this developing check out the coverage below.

Aid:

Perdue Announces $19 Billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program
USDA has announced a $19 billion program to provide direct payments to farmers and bulk food purchases for food banks.

Financial Impact:

Pork Industry Faces $5 Billion Loss Due to COVID-19
Hog values are plummeting due to the impact of COVID-19 and creating a financial disaster for pork producers nationwide who face a collective $5 billion loss for the remainder of the year.

COVID-19’s Impact $14.6 Billion, USCA Analysis Says
An economic analysis released by the U.S. Cattlemen's Association says the total actual and future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the cattle industry is forecast to exceed $14.6 billion.

COVID-19: Cattle Industry Losses Estimated At $13.6 Billion
Estimated cattle industry losses due to COVID-19 will reach $13.6 billion, according to a study by ag economists conducted to assist USDA in determining how best to allocate CARES Act relief funds to cattle producers.

For the latest from the pork industry:

COVID-19 Impact: Packing Plant Closures and Market Disruptions
Discouraging news continues for pork producers as temporary closures of packing plants and rising absenteeism due to COVID-19 exacerbates an existing harvest capacity challenge. Here’s the latest from across the U.S.

For the latest from the beef industry:

COVID-19 Impact: Packers Reduce Harvests and Producers Face Crisis
The COVID-19 Pandemic affects more of the country on a daily basis, forcing the closure or slowdown of packing plants, and impacting producer’s bottom lines. Here’s the latest around the beef industry.

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