The Meatpacking Industry in Rural America During the COVID-19 Pandemic

December 29, 2020 USDA ERS

There was increased attention to the meatpacking industry recently as high rates of outbreaks of the coronavirus (COVID-19) caused some meatpacking plants to temporarily shut down. Just over 500,000 people work in the meatpacking industry in the United States.

The Pandemic’s Toll on Meatpacking Workers

November 4, 2020 JAHD KHALIL, The Atlantic

When coronavirus cases started appearing at the JBS beef-processing facility in Greeley, Colorado, this past March, Stacey was terrified. She works on the plant’s kill floor, removing intestines that weigh between 30 and 50 pounds from hundreds of cattle each hour.

New Meatpacking Plant Opening in Idaho Falls Next Year Will Bring 200 Jobs

September 2, 2020 Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

The owners of a new meatpacking plant are hoping to open in Idaho Falls next year.

How Trump’s Meatpacking Order Has Failed to Keep Workers Safe

Since the executive order, COVID-19 cases tied to meatpacking plants have skyrocketed from fewer than 5,000 to more than 25,000 as of last week, according to tracking from the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.

Meatpacking Plants See Spike in Coronavirus Outbreaks Following Trump Order: Report

Meatpacking plants in the U.S. remain hot spots for coronavirus outbreaks in the wake of President Trump’s order declaring them essential businesses that must remain open.