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Meatpacking plants nearly back at capacity, but COVID-19 fallout continues on farms

 

Robert Gauthier – Los Angeles Times/TNS

Farmers are contending with too many animals and ultralow prices for them.

Meatpacking plants in Minnesota and elsewhere that were epicenters of COVID-19 outbreaks a month ago are getting back to normal, but the disruption caused by the virus is still being felt by farmers and consumers.

Closures and production slowdowns at slaughterhouses exposed a chokepoint in the nation's food supply. With output nearly back to pre-pandemic levels, farmers are contending with too many animals and ultralow prices for them. Shoppers, on the other hand, are facing meat prices that are substantially higher than before.

Pork prices nationwide were 18.5% higher the week ending May 31 than in the same week a year ago, according to market research firm Nielsen. Beef prices were 23% higher and chicken prices 11%.

https://www.startribune.com/meatpacking-plants-nearly-back-at-capacity-but-covid-fallout-continues-on-farms/571187162/

 

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