This week, President Trump signed the executive order keeping meatpacking plants open during the COVID-19 pandemic by using the Defense Production Act. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) officials, in a call with the White House, were able to learn more about the details of this executive order. One of those on the call was NCBA President Marty Smith from Florida.
As a producer himself, Smith talked about what affect all of this is having on operations like his.
The executive order signed by the President basically tells companies to stay open as critical infrastructure. The order affects processing plants for not only beef, but also pork, chicken and eggs.