Coronavirus financial assistance for farmers to be released ‘very soon’: US agriculture secretary
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue discusses financial relief for farmers amid coronavirus and keeping the food supply chain up and running.
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Tyson Foods said two employees died of coronavirus after an outbreak at its temporarily closed Columbus Junction plant in Iowa as the poultry industry faces struggles similar to those affecting pork and dairy producers.
"We’re deeply saddened by the loss of two team members from our Columbus Junction plant," a Tyson Foods spokesperson said in a statement. "Their families are in our thoughts and prayers. The plant has been closed since April 6 and remains idle."
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The poultry industry says the pandemic has led to a reduced workforce at processing plants, which means farmers may have to kill birds instead of sending them for harvest. Allen Harim Foods, a Delaware-based chicken company, is reportedly being forced to kill up to 2 million chickens.