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National Guard to help with COVID-19 testing at meat plants

Iowa governor says 250 members of National Guard have been moved to full-time duty to help the meat industry deal with the COVID-19 pandemic
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said 250 National Guard members have been moved to full-time duty, and she said some of those people are expected to assist with COVID-19 testing at meat packing plants in Iowa.
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PETA uses COVID-19 to further its agenda

The organization has written letters to multiple CEOs, explaining that COVID-19 is reason to stop producing livestock meat and restructure business models
PETA fails to address the fact that you cannot get COVID-19 from meat and instead of addressing concern for the employees who are considered essential, they tried to further the organization's agenda.
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Tyson resuming limited production at Columbus Junction

Pork plant had been idle for two weeks
Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, is resuming limited operations at its pork plant in Columbus Junction, Iowa, effective April 21, after being idle for two weeks due to COVID-19 concerns.
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More Foster Farms workers test positive for COVID-19

Several weeks after employees at Louisiana plant test positive, workers at facility in Kelso, Washington, are confirmed to have COVID-19
Three workers at the Foster Farms chicken processing plant in Kelso, Washington, have tested positive to COVID-19.
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USDA: Meat, poultry plants need COVID-19 testing kits

While getting testing kits to processing plants is not a primary function of the USDA, agriculture secretary says agency is doing what it can to help the situation
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said it is imperative that meat and poultry processing plants have access to an ample supply of COVID-19 testing kits, but he acknowledged that securing those kits is not the direct responsibility of the agency he oversees.
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Two Maple Leaf Foods plants return to production

Workers at four Maple Leaf Foods facilities have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Maple Leaf Foods has resumed production at two of its processing facilities that were temporarily taken offline after people employed there tested positive for COVID-19.
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Ag secretary outlines $19 billion COVID-19 relief package

USDA offers assistance in the forms of direct support to farmers and purchasing food for distribution to those in need
Citing a “dramatic shift in our consumption patterns” and a “misalignment of production and supply,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the $19 billion Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to assist the agriculture industry as it deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Lincoln Premium Poultry confirms more COVID-19 cases

Company consulting with health agencies with hopes of gaining more guidance on further COVID-19 mitigation efforts
Lincoln Premium Poultry has now confirmed three cases of COVID-19 among its employees at its facility in Fremont, Nebraska.
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