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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Farmers And Meat Processing Workers To Make Tough Choices

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Young hogs crowded together in a barn.
Amy Mayer
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Harvest Public Media
As processing plants close, demand for hogs has dropped.

Meat processing companies warn of shortages as hog farmers euthanize animals they cannot sell due to low demand.

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