COVID-19: How is the virus impacting U.S. agriculture?

As the coronavirus continues to sweep across the nation, here are articles and resources that illustrate the economic ramifications for farmers and ranchers.


Amanda Radke, BEEF Magazine 

Mar 18, 2020


On March 17, President Donald J. Trump tweeted, “The world is at war with a hidden enemy. WE WILL WIN!”


As the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread across the United States, people are facing tough decisions, economic hits and the fear of the virus impacting vulnerable loved ones.


How is agriculture faring in all this?


Well, in short — not good.


Commodity markets have tanked, even with beef flying off the shelves. There is the worry that packing plants will shut down. And producers, who were already hanging on by a thread due to several years of low profitability and losses may now go out of business for good.


Now, the old adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” rings true here, and I think this crisis highlights the need for producers to connect directly to consumers. What are they stocking up on right now during this time of fear and panic? The essentials — beef, dairy, eggs, and of course, toilet paper.


In a nutshell, the world needs animal agriculture, and those who can weather this storm maybe come out on the other side stronger than ever!


Perhaps you are in survival mode, or are facing the crippling fear that your farm or ranch may not make it, please know that the agricultural community is here for you! And if you need someone to talk to, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255, the Farm Aid Hotline at 800-327-6243 or the Avera Health Farm and Rural Stress Hotline at 1-800-691-4336...