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Farmers are bracing for uncertain fall and winter seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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The impact of the virus on U.S. food supply chains forced farmers to euthanize “hundreds of millions” of chickens, hogs and cattle, Matt Wadiak, co-founder of meal preparation service Blue Apron and founder of heirloom chicken company Cooks Venture, told FOX Business.
“Forecasting has been impossible,” Wadiak said. “There are a lot of question marks.”
With some school food courts, business cafeterias and restaurants still closed due to COVID-19, there has been less demand for certain types of food. The fresh produce industry has been relatively resilient despite lockdowns because people are cooking more at home, though grain and soybean farmers have been struggling financially since before COVID-19 due to ongoing U.S.-China trade tensions.
The meat industry is also facing an uncertain future after the worst of COVID-19 in the spring.
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