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R-CALF Urges Trump, Congress To ‘Restructure’ Packers

R-CALF USA has asked President Trump and House and Senate leaders to conduct a review the beef supply chain and consider “whether a physical and geographical restructuring of the meatpacking industry is required to disaggregate and decentralize beef processing capacity.” The request comes in a letter delivered Wednesday (April 29, 2020), a day after Trump…

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Profit Tracker: Producer Margins Nose-Dive

Cattle and hog feeding margins declined significantly the week ending April 25, 2020, as harvest capacity at both beef and pork facilities was significantly reduced by the coronavirus pandemic. Cattle feeding losses reached $262 per head, compared to a $24 per head profit just one month prior. Hog producers saw losses of $50 per head…

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Veterinarian Gives Back To His Community

If you met Loren Schultz working cattle in his cowboy hat, boots and veterinary scrubs you might not think he’s a ballet kind of guy. But you’d be wrong. In fact, Schultz entered the Dancing with Missouri Stars contest two years ago to raise funds for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet in Columbia, Mo., the only…

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BREAKING: Trump to order U.S. meat processing plants to stay open

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON, April 28 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump plans to order U.S. meat processing plants facing concerns about coronavirus outbreaks to stay open to protect the country’s food supply, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. Trump is likely to sign an executive order later in the day using the Defense Production…

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Tyson Foods Doubles Bonuses and Support for Frontline Workers

Tyson Foods announced it is doubling bonuses, increasing short-term disability coverage and implementing additional health screening measures as part of its ongoing efforts to support frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, the company said it will offer $120 million in “thank you bonuses” for 116,000 U.S. frontline workers and truckers, up from the…

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FJ Live: Moran Says Livestock Industry has Trump’s Attention

    Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) placed a call to the White House last week. President Trump returned the call that same day and Moran pressed the president on the devastation growing in the meat packing industry that was overflowing downstream to Kansas farmers and ranchers. President Trump took action Tuesday, designating  packing plants as…

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Senators Ask FTC to Open Antitrust Investigation into Packers

Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) sent a bipartisan letter the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to open an antitrust investigation into the meatpacking industry. The industry is currently dominated by just a handful of large, multinational firms that have concentrated meat processing into fewer and fewer facilities, leaving America’s food supply chain vulnerable to disruptions,…

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Farm Journal Live: Sen. Jerry Moran Reacts to Packing Plant Order

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran told AgDay Anchor Clinton Griffiths he was pleased that President Trump signed an executive order for U.S. meat packing plants to remain open. “I called the President last week to let him know how serious things are in the meat processing industry, what it means to livestock producers, what it means…

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Is the Food Supply Chain Actually Breaking?

Tyson Foods bought a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on Sunday. The overriding message by Tyson Foods board chairman John Tyson: “the food supply chain is breaking.”   The ad sparked a nationwide question: Is the food supply chain actually breaking? “I have a little different view,” says Jayson Lusk, a Purdue University…

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USDA To Implement President Trump’s Executive Order On Meat and Poultry Processors

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(Washington, D.C., April 28, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order to keep meat and poultry processing facilities open during the COVID-19 national emergency. “I thank President Trump for signing this executive order and recognizing the importance of keeping our food…

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