From long lines to empty supermarket shelves, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020 caused disruptions in our food system like we have never experienced in our lifetime. In this first installment of our Lessons from the Pandemic series, we take a look at the animal protein sector.
The livestock industry had some difficulties in 2020, mainly due to production pivoting from food service markets to retail, as well as complications with meat packing plant shutdowns throughout the year.
On April 17, the USDA unveiled details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for agriculture, which includes $16 billion in direct support to agricultural producers and $3 billion to purchase and distribute agriculture products to Americans in need. Read a summary of these two main components.
On April 17, the USDA announced $19 billion in relief programs as a step toward a remedy for supply chains and prices during the COVID-19 crisis. Find a breakdown of support and allocations in today’s blog.