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Manitoba-based HyLife is one of Canada's largest producers.
Even as the outbreak began to force plants to temporarily close last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture continued granting permission to chicken processors to boost speeds by 25% on production lines.
Three months ago they were facing an excellent job market; now 35 million Americans have been idled.
Farmers call it "plant and pray." With supply far outpacing demand, another huge corn crop is projected in 2020.
A week before JBS idled its Worthington pork plant, it was clear that meatpacking plants had become clusters of the virus. But until April 20, JBS was running the plant, which can slaughter as many as 21,000 hogs a day, at full tilt. JBS has made strides since shutting down, but workers say it was slow to react
Tens of thousands of pigs have been euthanized in Minnesota in recent weeks thanks to the shutdowns of meatpacking plants after outbreaks of coronavirus among workers. The site where euthanized hogs are ground into compost in Nobles County is a wide open field across the road from a lakeside vineyard.
The only guidance from the federal government has been that meat processors should "consider" tests.
The hotspots allow students to finish homework and sick people to connect with medical facilities in a time of crisis. More important, it is a step forward for communities, says CEO Beth Ford.
Some 197 are positive for the virus and another 120 are under quarantine after exposure.
Millions of chickens have been euthanized, too, with turkeys likely to follow suit.