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Covid-19 impacting agriculture, setting up meat protein shortage


April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting a wide range of economies and agriculture is among them. Due to prolong closure of restaurants and schools, dairy farmers have been dumping millions of gallons of milk into ditches and fields due to reduced consumption and disruptions caused by the virus. In Florida, farmers are plowing up or leaving vegetables in the field because of a lack of market and lack of laborers to harvest crops.

In the meat sector, big meat-processing companies have temporarily closed or reduced production at plants in Pennsylvania, Colorado, and Iowa. Smithfield Foods announc...

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