Latest Poultry and egg production News

Hardik Kalra stocks meat in a cooler at a local super market, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. As if trips to the grocery store weren't nerve-racking enough, shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

US food prices see historic jump and are likely to stay high

May. 30, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As if trips to the grocery store weren’t nerve-wracking enough, U.S. shoppers lately have seen the costs of meat, eggs and even potatoes soar as the coronavirus has disrupted processing plants and distribution networks. Overall, the cost of food bought to eat at home...

Tyson to temporarily close Iowa pork plant after outbreak

May. 29, 2020 9:31 AM EDT

STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods has announced it will temporarily close a northwestern Iowa pork plant a day after state health officials revealed that 555 of its more than 2,500 employees had tested positive for COVID-19. The company made the announcement late Thursday in a news release that it would...

In this May 21, 2020, photo, grave diggers bury a body at Radwan Cemetery in Aden, Yemen. At a cemetery in Yemen’s largest southern city, dozens of fresh graves are a testament to a spike in deaths amid the coronavirus pandemic. The cemetery workers who bury them don’t know what killed the newly deceased. But there’s no denying that there's been an increasing number of people getting sick in the port city of Aden — likely from the coronavirus. (AP Photo)

The Latest: UN urges $2.4 billion in aid for war-torn Yemen

May. 29, 2020 1:31 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — UN urgently appeals for $2.4 billion to help Yemen cope...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

May. 27, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: ___ May 26 The Winston-Salem Journal on how legislators can lead by example when it comes to wearing masks: Practice social distancing, health leaders here and in Washington tell us. Keep 6 feet apart. Wash hands frequently. Wear a mask in public. With North...

In this photo provided by Cristobal Francisquez, his parents Paulina and Marcos Francisco pose for a photo in front of their house in Sioux City, Iowa, Monday, May 25, 2020. They bought the home after years of working in a meatpacking plant and other food processing jobs. (Cristobal Francisquez via AP)

Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

May. 26, 2020 7:07 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When Martha Kebede’s adult sons immigrated from Ethiopia and reunited with her in South Dakota this year, they had few work opportunities. Lacking English skills, the brothers took jobs at Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls pork plant, grueling and increasingly risky work as the...

FILE - In this May 1, 2020, file photo, a worker leaves the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa. An employee at the Waterloo plant died Monday, May 25, 2020, after battling the coronavirus during a six-week hospitalization that was chronicled and widely followed online. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Tyson Foods worker, 44, dies after long battle with COVID-19

May. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An employee at the Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo, Iowa, died Monday after battling the coronavirus during a six-week hospitalization that was chronicled and widely followed online. Jose Ayala, 44, died at St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, said his friend, Zach Medhaug, who was in...

Demand for locally-sourced food increases amid pandemic

May. 23, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. (AP) — For Floyds Knobs farmer Anita Kruer, requests to purchase chickens and farm fresh eggs have doubled, if not tripled, since this time last year. “When they go to the grocery store, they’re not able find some items like eggs, and the price has been a big issue for a...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020, file photo, thousands of Afghan refugees walk as they enter Afghanistan at the Islam Qala border crossing with Iran, in the western Herat Province. An international aid group says Friday, May 22, 2020 that some 661,000 people in 19 countries have been displaced by armed conflict in the two months since the U.N. secretary general called for a global cease-fire to help curb the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian Refugee Council says in a report Friday that the bulk of the newly displaced were in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but that large numbers were also uprooted in Yemen, Afghanistan, Chad and Niger. (AP Photo/Hamed Sarfarazi)

The Latest: UN again urges global cease-fire to fight virus

May. 22, 2020 1:28 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.N. again urges global cease-fire to help tackle COVID-19...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, a pedestrian walks through campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. The University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University announced plans Thursday, May 21  to resume in-person classes in August and end fall semesters early as a precaution against spreading COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

UNC, NC State to resume in-person classes on Aug. 10

May. 21, 2020 6:47 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Two of North Carolina's largest public universities announced plans Thursday for a condensed fall semester to guard against spreading COVID-19 as a top federal health official visiting the state stressed the importance of reopening the economy. The chancellors of the University of...

Poultry plant in North Carolina reports 570 COVID-19 cases

May. 21, 2020 8:51 AM EDT

WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) — Meat producer Tyson Foods is reporting 570 cases of COVID-19 at a poultry processing complex in North Carolina. Tyson said in a news release that it tested more than 2,000 staff members and contractors who work at its facility in Wilkesboro. Tyson said that most of the 570 didn't...