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Meat-rendering company where worker died fined by OSHA

Jun. 5, 2020 11:58 AM EDT

KUNA, Idaho (AP) — The owner of an Idaho meat-rendering plant where an employee died earlier this year has been fined more than $63,000 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Darling Ingredients, which uses animal products to create ingredients for pharmaceutical, food, pet food,...

Texas restaurant chain to sell company to pay off debts

Jun. 4, 2020 9:49 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A popular Texas cafeteria chain known for its comfort foods announced it plans to sell the company to pay off its millions of dollars in debt. Luby’s said Wednesday that it will begin the process of selling its business operations and assets, including real estate, to pay off $35...

Bullock announces support for small businesses

Jun. 4, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced additional pandemic relief funding for small businesses, meat processors and local governments on Thursday. The state is adding $25 million to a $50 million grant fund to support small businesses recover from the economic downturn. Businesses could...

In this Thursday, May 28, 2020 photo Jamien Richardson moves a tray of baby arugula in a crop house at Spear Spring Farm in Warren, Maine. Spear Spring is one of many farms that have seen an uptick in the number community supported agriculture shares sold to customers, most likely as a result to the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Farm-to-table dining takes on new meaning amid pandemic

Jun. 4, 2020 8:58 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eric Pray is used to shipping seafood all over the country. But since the coronavirus took hold, he has shifted his focus closer to home — selling lobsters from a homemade tank in his garage. Pray, of Portland, Maine, is one of hundreds of fishermen, farmers and food producers...

This April 28, 2020 file photo shows the Pilgrim's Pride plant in Cold Spring. Minn. A federal grand jury has charged four current and former chicken company executives with price-fixing. The U.S. Department of Justice says the executives from Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride and Georgia-based Claxton Poulrty conspired to fix prices and rig bids for broiler chickens from at least 2012 to 2017.(Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Pilgrim’s Pride CEO among indicted for chicken price fixing

Jun. 3, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — The CEO of Pilgrim's Pride is one of four current and former chicken company executives indicted Wednesday on charges of price-fixing. The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal grand jury in Colorado found that executives from Greeley, Colorado-based Pilgrim’s Pride and...

Kansas food plant shuts down after workers contract virus

Jun. 3, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas food plant temporarily shut down Wednesday after several workers tested positive for the coronavirus. The Reser's Fine Foods plant in Topeka, which makes prepared entrees and side dishes sold at grocery stores, will close for two weeks while all employees get tested, KSNT-TV...

Russell Stover Chocolates closing Colorado plant over virus

Jun. 3, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Russell Stover Chocolates has announced its candy plant in Montrose will close seven months ahead of schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic, a decision that will leave 217 employees without work. The Kansas City, Missouri-based chocolatier said in January that the plant and a retail...

224 workers at Council Bluffs plant test positive for virus

Jun. 2, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Coronavirus tests have revealed that 224 employees of a Tyson beef and pork processing plant in Council Bluffs have tested positive for the virus, company officials said Tuesday. The company said 103 workers stayed home the required quarantine time and have returned to work. The...

Meat workers slowly returning to Nebraska plant hit by virus

Jun. 2, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska meatpacking plant that was forced to shut down because of a coronavirus among its workers is slowly ramping up its operations, but nearly 800 employees are still on leave after they became infected. The Tyson Foods beef plant in Dakota City said in a statement that the...

North Dakota APUC awards $288,000 for 8 projects

Jun. 1, 2020 6:58 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Agricultural Products Utilization Commission is funding eight projects this quarter, the state Department of Agriculture announced. The group better known as APUC funds developers of North Dakota farm-related products. The money typically is used for research,...