USDA reports meat production numbers down slightly during the coronavirus

So far, 2020 meat production about 98% of 2019's


by Todd Epp , KELO (SD) 

June 30, 2020


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. ( -- One of the concerns in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic this spring was about the virus's impact on meat production in the United States as packing plants shuttered.


That included, at various times and for various lengths in South Dakota the Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, Dakota Provisions in Huron, Jack Link's in Alpena, and Demkota in Aberdeen.


According to the United States Department of Agriculture, meat production was down somewhat between January and May of 2020 compared to January and May of 2019.


Total meat production from January-May 2019 was 22,425.4 million pounds. During that same period in 2020, it was 22,030.2 million pounds. That's a difference of 395.2 million pounds or a drop of about two percent...


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