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U.S. farmers scramble for help as COVID-19 scuttles immigrant workforce

A combine drives over stalks of soft red winter wheat

REUTERS, JULY 2, 2020 CHICAGO – The novel coronavirus delayed the arrival of seasonal immigrants who normally help harvest U.S. wheat, leaving farmers to depend on high school students, school bus drivers, laid-off oilfield workers and others to run machines that bring in the crop. As combines work their way north from the Southern Plains of Texas and Oklahoma, farmers …

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FOOD SUPPLY: Mexico Keeps Migrant Workers Home as Virus Rises on Canada Farms

Migrant workers harvesting

BLOOMBERG, JUNE 16, 2020 Move comes after hundreds of farm workers fall ill from virus | Fewer workers could be ‘huge problem’ for Canadian produce By Jen Skerritt and Nacha Cattan for Bloomberg – Mexico plans to keep migrant workers from traveling to Canada amid a wave of coronavirus outbreaks on farms, threatening a labor squeeze in the northern nation’s fruit and vegetable …

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Coronavirus spreads among fruit and vegetable packers, worrying U.S. officials

Fresh carrots are shown for sale at a grocery store

REUTERS, JUNE 11, 2020 Trump administration said last month it may extend an executive order to keep meat plants operating to fruit and vegetable producers as well NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES/CHICAGO – From apple packing houses in Washington state to farm workers in Florida and a California county known as “the world’s salad bowl,” outbreaks of the novel coronavirus are emerging …

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Supply: Tyson Foods to indefinitely stop production at largest pork plant

Tyson Foods Waterloo factory

REUTERS, APRIL 22, 2020 (Reuters) – Tyson Foods Inc (TSN.N) plans to indefinitely suspend operations at its largest pork plant in the United States to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus, the company said on Wednesday, in the latest disruption to the country’s food supply chain. Earlier this month, Tyson shut a hog slaughterhouse along with two other major …

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SUPPLY: What Happens When Bread Is Scarce and Grain Exporters Won’t Share?

People queue to buy subsidized bread

BLOOMBERG, APRIL 21, 2020 The coronavirus has done more than disrupt supply chains, it’s restarted a discussion about self-sufficiency tinged with nationalism | At least 10 countries have introduced restrictions on overseas sales of grains or rice since mid-March By Caroline Alexander and Agnieszka de Sousa for Bloomberg – When it comes to bread, the conversation can become politically charged very quickly. From the …

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Canadian province has just 5 days of food left as COVID-19 hammers key shipping line

Container ship arriving at the Narrows in Newfoundland

PortandTerminal.com, April 14, 2020 Newfoundland and Labrador Premier is warning that the island has just a five-day supply of food and that losing Oceanex shipping line’s services could lead to critical shortages. ST. JOHNS, NEWFOUNDLAND – Increasingly, there are growing concerns around the world that the supply chain is straining under the pandemic, breaking down in places and creating the potential …

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Supply Chain: Amazon stops accepting new grocery customers on surging demand

A worker in a face mask walks by trucks parked at an Amazon facility as the global coronavirus outbreak continued in Bethpage on Long Island in New York, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

REUTERS, APRIL 13, 2020 (Reuters) – Amazon will begin to put new grocery delivery customers on a waitlist and curtail shopping hours at some Whole Foods stores to prioritize orders from existing customers buying food online during the coronavirus outbreak, the company said on Sunday. Many shoppers recently seeking to purchase groceries from the Seattle-based ​e-commerce company found they could not place orders …

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Supply Chain: Smithfield shutting U.S. pork plant indefinitely. Issues warning

18 wheeler truck with the logo of SmithField on its side

REUTERS, APRIL 13, 2020 CHICAGO (Reuters) – Smithfield Foods, the world’s biggest pork processor, said on Sunday it will shut a U.S. plant indefinitely due to a rash of coronavirus cases among employees and warned the country was moving “perilously close to the edge” in supplies for grocers. Slaughterhouse shutdowns are disrupting the U.S. food supply chain, crimping availability of …

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