Cargill Temporarily Closes Canadian Beef Plant


I’m Clinton Griffiths with today’s AgDay Minute.

The coronavirus continues to be a concern in meatpacking plants. With Cargill announcing it will temporarily close an Ontario beef plant due to an outbreak. The plant is located in Guelph. Cargill says 82-workers tested positive for the virus…with another 129-people self-isolating. The plant employs around 950-workers and processes about 15-hundred cattle per day. The decision to close was voluntary.

And meat packers across North America are bracing for a resurgence of coronavirus cases. They’re trying to avoid the shutdowns that left some supermarket cases empty earlier in the pandemic. That’s according to Bloomberg. Executives now say companies are better prepared, having spent millions of dollars to reconfigure factories, implement social distancing and distribute the protective equipment workers need to stay safe while keeping the food supply chain running

Good news for new college graduates with degrees in ag programs. Your future is looking brighter for finding a job. A study released by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and Purdue University shows a strong job demand for graduates. It’s expected there will be more than 59-thousand job opportunities every year this year and into 20-25. Although the study began before the pandemic, the report’s authors say they’re confident demand for ag graduates will remain “strong and steady.”

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