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·         Farmers react to JBS cyber-attack

·         “Eerie” feeling from empty JBS plant after cyberattack shutdown



Farmers react to JBS cyber-attack


Noah Caplan, KTTC (MN) 

June 1, 2021


(KTTC) -- Southeast Minnesota farmers were not too concerned after hearing how the JBS cyberattack may have an impact on ability to process hogs.


"The industry's going to be able to come through it relatively unscathed, but it's paramount that we get those plants back and up and running and that this doesn't become a multiple day impact," said Brandon Schafer, Schafer Farms manager.


Around this time last year, there was much more uncertainty and fear due to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on production.


"Once they go past a certain harvest weight, we get docked significantly, so from a financial standpoint, it's gonna be a big impact," said Mike Patterson, a hog farmer, back in April 2020. "Our barns are full, we got hogs that are ready to market, the barns are designed to hold the number of animals we have in them."


Shutdowns of manufacturing plants due to COVID-19 outbreaks caused disruptions for weeks in the meat industry. Barns filled up with unwanted hogs and livestock, and many of them had to be euthanized as a result...


more, including video report [2:16 min.]



“Eerie” feeling from empty JBS plant after cyberattack shutdown


By Kellan Heavican, Brownfield

June 2, 2021


JBS, one of the nation’s largest meat packing plants, continues to ramp up production following the cyberattack earlier this week.  But operations are at a standstill for one of its largest facilities.


“I’ve seen a lot of reporters.  I’ve seen a lot of people taking pictures, but what I haven’t seen is a lot of activity,” Andrea Marks-Hershberger with the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association says.


She tells Brownfield she lives just 10 blocks from the plant in Greeley and drove by it several times on Wednesday. “All the gates were shut and locked.  JBS is a pillar of our community and when you’re down by the plant, there’s constant condensation coming out of the stacks from the plant, trucks coming in and out and there was not trucks.  There was none,” Marks-Hershberger says.


She tells Brownfield she gets an ‘eerie’ feeling looking at the shuttered plant...