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April 20, 2020
By Mary HightowerU of A System Division of Agriculture
(Newsrooms with graphs at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmMFSt58; Download the Word version)
LITTLE ROCK — The COVID-19 pandemic is hammering U.S meat production two ways: strangling
demand from shuttered food service operations and shutdowns of meat processing facilities,
said John Anderson, economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Anderson, who is head of the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness department for
the Division of Agriculture and the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and
Life Sciences, provide insights into COVID’s effects on the proteins sector.
Pork production giant Smithfield Foods temporarily closed three plants in the last
weeks in South Dakota, Missouri and Wisconsin. Other companies have also closed plants
because employees tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
“For the week ending April 18, preliminary data suggests that beef production was
almost 20 percent lower than the prior year,” he said. “Pork production for the same
period was down 6 percent year over year.”
“Even allowing for a bit of slowdown on the Monday following Easter, these are substantial
declines in production,” Anderson said.
Noting a one-week lag in reporting, poultry production “has been consistently lower
for the past three weeks,” he said. Broiler production was down 5 percent year over
year in the most recent weekly data.
Anderson said chick placements fell sharply in each of the last three weeks. “This
is strongly counter-seasonal: chick placements are generally steadily increasing at
this time of year.”
To learn more about agricultural economics, contact your local county extension agent
or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.
About the Division of AgricultureThe University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity,
sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran
status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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Media Contact: Mary HightowerDirector of CommunicationsUniversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture firstname.lastname@example.org 501-671-2006