Largest Meatpacking Union Confirms Growing COVID-19 Impact on Workers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Florida, Georgia, Industry, Pork

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union held a press conference highlighting the impact and growing danger of COVID-19 on frontline workers. The union represents 1.3 million employees. The UFCW says that during the last 100 days, 238 UFCW frontline workers have died from COVID-19 and nearly 29,000 workers have been infected or exposed. UFCW International President Marc Perrone …

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Farmers Still Battling Hog Backlogs

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pork

The backlog of hogs in states hit hardest by the meatpacking industry crisis is just now easing up somewhat. Hundreds of thousands of hogs were killed by producers who had nowhere to send the animals for processing. While that number is short of the initial slaughter estimates of millions of hogs, the pork industry still needs financial assistance to cover …

Fans Select Bama’s Best Pulled Pork Final Four

Clint Thompson Alabama, Pork

Written by Marlee Moore The Alabama Pork Producers smoked out four finalists in its Bama’s Best Pulled Pork contest — Heard’s BBQ in Maplesville in Chilton County, JJ’s BBQ in Elba in Coffee County, The Pink Pig in Moulton in Lawrence County and Holy Smoke BBQ in Hartselle in Morgan County. Alabama Farmers Federation Pork Division Director Russ Durrance said …

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April Red Meat Exports Weather Production Challenges, Economic Headwinds

Taylor Hillman Beef, Livestock, Pork

April proved to be a solid month for U.S. beef and pork exports despite COVID-19 related interruptions in production and trade. U.S. Meat Export Federation President and CEO Dan Halstrom says, “despite these significant headwinds, global demand for U.S. beef and pork remained strong.” Beef exports were below last April’s large totals but still topped $600 million in value. Pork …

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African Swine Fever Impact Even Greater in 2020

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pork

Experts are saying that the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak that continued last year could have an even bigger impact in 2020. The Guardian says that the highly-contagious virus that is fatal to pigs is still spreading at a rapid rate. While human attention is on the COVID-19 outbreak, the concern is growing around the world that countries are not …

U.S. Pork Exports Reach New Heights in March; First Quarter Beef Exports Also on Record Pace

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Underpinned by record production, U.S. pork exports completed a tremendous first quarter with new March records for volume and value, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports also trended higher year-over-year in March, establishing a record first quarter pace. “March export results were very solid, …