UGA Faculty Will Collaborate on Evaluating COVID-19 Control Methods in Meat Processing

Clint Thompson Georgia, Poultry

By Maria M. Lameiras, Joe Montgomery for CAES News Poultry researchers at the University of Georgia are partnering with a team from Kansas State University to study how to effectively control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the nation’s meat and poultry processing facilities. The study seeks to protect meat plant workers and their surrounding communities …


Meat Production Continues to Rebound

Clint Thompson Alabama, Beef, Beef, Cattle, Florida, Georgia, Poultry

The USDA recently raised its estimates of red meat and poultry production. The numbers in its newest WASDE report show production levels three billion pounds higher than the agency predicted after COVID-19 shut down meat plants in April and May. An article on says the meat outlook brightened for the second month in a row. “The beef production forecast …


Groups Request Hearing on Livestock Reporting Rule

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cattle, Equine, Florida, Georgia, Livestock, Pasture, Poultry, Sheep-Goats

The U.S. Cattlemen’s Association, the National Farmers Union, along with 11 other groups sent a letter to the Senate Ag Committee requesting a hearing on livestock mandatory price reporting reauthorization. The Livestock Mandatory Reporting Rule, first established in 1999, mandates price reporting for cattle, boxed beef, swine, and lamb. It’s reauthorized every five years, with the current program expiring on …

Senators Question Meatpackers About Exports, Shortages

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

Two Democrats in the U.S. Senate are questioning top American meatpackers about past shipments to China while America went through meat shortages in grocery stores across the country. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker want to know by the end of this month how much pork, beef, and chicken those companies shipped to China during the coronavirus outbreak while warning …


China Suspends Exports From Tyson Foods Plant

Clint Thompson Exports/Imports, Poultry

On Sunday, China suspended poultry exports from an Arkansas Tyson Food’s processing plant where workers tested positive for COVID-19.  China’s General Administration of Customs announced the suspension after Tyson Foods confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases at its facility in Springdale, Arkansas. A Tyson spokesperson told Reuters the company is investigating the matter, adding, “It is important to note that …


Tyson Foods Cooperating in U.S. Probe of Chicken Price Fixing

Clint Thompson Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Poultry

Tyson Foods, the top chicken producer in the U.S, is cooperating in a Justice Department price-fixing investigation. Tyson is doing so under a leniency program that will allow the company to avoid criminal prosecution in exchange for aiding in the continuing probe of other poultry producers. The Wall Street Journal says after receiving a grand-jury subpoena in April of last …