President-elect Joe Biden is out with a $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal that includes some significant new food assistance provisions, including an extension through the summer of the 15% increase in SNAP benefits provided by the COVID aid package enacted in December.
Recent years of financial stress and trade disruption in agriculture, coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic, produced new challenges for farmer-owned agricultural coops and have prompted many to rethink their business models.
The expanding shutdowns - and slowdowns - of U.S. meatpacking plants is raising concerns in the nation’s capital and putting a new focus on the need for curbing the COVID-19 outbreaks that are forcing plants to suspend or at least reduce operations.
A second major meatpacking plant is now offline as the industry continues to struggle with outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. JBS USA announced it’s closing its beef packing plant in Greeley, Colo., until April 24. Two workers have died as a result of the outbreak. JBS is the biggest employer in a county that now has at least 740 cases.