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Manitoba-based HyLife is one of Canada's largest producers.
Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued granting permission to chicken processors to boost speeds by 25% on production lines.
Three months ago they were facing an excellent job market; now 35 million Americans have been idled.
Farmers call it "plant and pray." With supply far outpacing demand, another huge corn crop is projected in 2020.
A week before JBS idled its Worthington pork plant, it was clear that meatpacking plants had become clusters of the virus. But until April 20, JBS was running the plant, which can slaughter as many as 21,000 hogs a day, at full tilt. JBS has made strides since shutting down, but workers say it was slow to react
Tens of thousands of pigs have been euthanized in Minnesota in recent weeks thanks to the shutdowns of meatpacking plants after outbreaks of coronavirus among workers. The site where euthanized hogs are ground into compost in Nobles County is a wide open field across the road from a lakeside vineyard.
The only guidance from the federal government has been that meat processors should "consider" tests.
The hotspots allow students to finish homework and sick people to connect with medical facilities in a time of crisis. More important, it is a step forward for communities, says CEO Beth Ford.
Some 197 are positive for the virus and another 120 are under quarantine after exposure.
Millions of chickens have been euthanized, too, with turkeys likely to follow suit.
Worthington, Sioux Falls processors contending with high absenteeism.
The pork plant in Marshalltown is the same size as Worthington's but has stayed open despite its few dozen virus cases.
Demand for eggs in grocery stores is high and the price of a dozen eggs has risen. But much of the egg production system is built to provide fluid eggs to food service companies.
The Star Tribune last week interviewed decisionmakers in businesses around the state about when and how to start the next chapter of the crisis.
Nineteen cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed at the JBS pork plant in Worthington, the union representing workers there said, the latest in a series of meatpacking plants that has become a cluster of the coronavirus in rural communities across the country.
The stats are a clear sign that the economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus is the worst since the Great Depression.
Egg producers who serve restaurants can't quickly pivot to supply grocery stores.
Smithfield Foods Inc. on Sunday said its Sioux Falls plant, shuttered last Thursday initially for three days, would remain closed after a count of COVID-19 cases among its 3,700 workers jumped from 80 to nearly 300.
An initial surge of pandemic-driven milk-buying at grocery stores has subsided and consumption has gone back to normal.
The closing of the Sioux Falls plant, which slaughters a sizable number of hogs from Minnesota and supplies meat throughout the country, shows the growing tension between public health and sustaining the food supply chain.
About two-thirds of bacon sales happened in restaurants and hog farmers are suddenly losing money.
A sign-maker in Brooklyn Park permanently laid off 178 employees. An optical-glass company mothballed a factory in Faribault. Polaris shut down plants worldwide, including in…
Engineers are studying a variety of designs in the effort to bolster production of the potentially lifesaving devices.
Trump is under pressure to force companies to make ventilators for the U.S., but it's not so simple.
Minnesota is scrambling against worldwide competition to line up the ventilators it needs to limit the death toll from a coming surge of patients critically ill with COVID-19.
The anguish of unemployment amid a commercial shutdown is far-reaching
The program is designed as a stopgap until federal money starts flowing.
As economic toll rises, hard choices are being rethought by officials at every level.
The coronavirus pandemic and the measures meant to fight the spread of the virus brought a shocking new business reality to the state. But unlike a flood or hurricane, no one knows when it will end.
The idea would be to prevent a massive, prolonged spike in unemployment.
Medical and emergency workers' kids should receive priority, Gov. Walz said in letter.
Gov. Tim Walz urged child-care providers to stay open even as he ordered the closure of public schools across the state, and most day care centers and preschools did so Monday.
Better animal genetics and breeding mean that animals are more efficient at converting food into meat, milk and eggs.
Dairy prices also suffering, could get worse if schools close, lowering demand.
The case is the second large-scale organic fraud case in the Midwest to attract federal prosecution in less than a year.
She and her sister bought the business in 2007 and built it into a beloved local brand.
Winona County family farm fights for permission to expand
Rules meant to keep THC levels low keep farmers on the edge of breaking law.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced it will devote $85.4 million to deepening the mouth of the river to 50 feet, enabling oceangoing ships to load more grain at terminals upriver.
Biggest factor affecting profits will be the end of trade bailout payments.
Farm Bureau adopts new policy that introduces the threat of legislation
Farm bankruptcies in Minnesota and across the U.S. rose again in 2019, as poor weather and the ongoing trade war with China prolonged a slump…
Perhaps the biggest problem for farmers, one that won't go away soon, is an oversupply of grain — and competition from other parts of the world.
But Luis Hummel still faces criminal charges in Fillmore County.
The two Minnesota pork producers said the deal provides reassurance.
The back end of a cow generates 80 pounds each day of what Dennis Haubenschild, who owns 750 of them near Princeton, refers to as…
Plans for expansion, changing industry prompt disclosure of emissions.
Minnesota's farmers have made little money for several years, but their wealth is holding up because land remains valuable and in high demand.
Measured optimism from ag community, but long-term market restoration still elusive.
Soybean acres planted fell in Minnesota and across the U.S. thanks to trade war, poor weather.
Farmers' simmering frustration over their inability to repair their own equipment is now front and center in a contentious debate that spreads well beyond the farm.
Beth Ford says small towns, hit by ag challenges, "are rolling up on us."
The picture raced across social media, leading some to question its authenticity.
Tractors built in 1980 or earlier cause bidding wars at auctions.
Owners of Angry Catfish are expanding roasting capacity as well.
Preventing erosion in a time of increasing flooding is just one of the benefits of the still-rare practice of planting winter cover on farm fields. Healthier soil is another.
Trump tariffs, swine fever in China will have effects in 2020, economist says.
The biggest obstacle to trade for Minnesota farmers, the trade war with China, remains.
Without USMCA, there will be no progress with China, trade leaders warned at a Minneapolis forum.
She was a former director of disability services at what's now Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
Surviving operations say efficiencies, higher-yielding cows compensate for loss of farms.
Rand Tower in Mpls. is being converted into hotel.
Two suspects fled in a white car.
Economies of scale are winning, but conventional operations might not be able to keep it up.
Sugar distributors are warning foodmakers they won't be able to meet orders. Sugar imports are likely to rise this winter.
Farm transition and elder law increasingly intersect as farmers try to figure out what to do with their land when they retire.
Invoices from Customs and Border Patrol, complicated product exclusion process now part of life for U.S. companies.
Trade bailout, insurance payouts, to account for roughly 34% of U.S. farm income.
Farmers and the people who own farmland in America are aging, but they and their heirs are consolidating their grip on the nation's arable land. And it's nearly impossible for a beginning farmer to buy land.
Heavier rainstorms in the last 10 years have made the Zumbro more volatile. The river is punching holes in berms up and down the valley, destroying crops and making the land more difficult to farm.
Many late-planted crops haven't reached maturity, and a frost could cut into profits.
Customs brokers paid bribes to help expedite rail shipments for the giant Inver Grove Heights-based ag cooperative, the company admitted.
Company in Argentina is scrutinized over its practices.
Ag chief tells Minnesota farmers that a deal on tariffs was close in April, but it fell apart.
In Minnesota, soybean exports have sharply declined. Pork and other goods may soon halt.