Smithfield prepares to vaccinate workers


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

The world’s largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods, is getting ready to vaccinate its workers against the coronavirus. It says it is actively preparing for COVID-19 vaccine distribution to its employees and has medical capabilities at its U.S. plants. It didn’t provide details regarding those plans, saying that circumstances vary by state. The company, owned by China’s W-H Group, is one of the first in the U.S. to say it is readying to vaccinate workers. The CDC says food and ag workers should receive the vaccine in a later phase, after healthcare workers and those over the age of 75.

A new poll says a majority of farmers report that the pandemic has impacted their mental health. The study was conducted by the American Farm Bureau Federation. The poll found two out of three farmers or 66 percent say the pandemic has impacted their mental health. Younger rural adults were more likely than older rural adults to say that COVID-19 has impacted their mental health a lot. The percentage of farmers who say social isolation impacts farmers’ mental health increased 22-percent since 2019. The organization says that’s significant, given the long hours many farmers work alone.

Mountain Dew has a new due. It’s called “Major Melon”. It’s the first new, permanent flavor in more than a decade. The folks at Mountain Dew calling the watermelon-flavored drink a truly transportive taste. And it’s now on sale.

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