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After many months of surging cases, the number of new COVID-19 infections reported at meatpacking plants appears to have slowed.
Farmers are cautiously optimistic about federal investigations into alleged antitrust violations in the chicken and beef industries.
As Covid-19 spreads in meatpacking plants across the country, a number of groups representing ranchers and farmers have joined with a key labor union to call for stronger protections.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden joined a chorus of voices demanding stronger workplace protections for meatpacking workers at a virtual town hall.
As of midday Wednesday, at least 11 meatpacking plants and two processed food plants have closed.
Delaware chicken company Allen Harim told poultry farmers last week that it will begin killing chickens in the field to reduce pressure on its remaining workers during the coronavirus pandemic.