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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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Maria Carter grew up in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, Ore. with a degree in economics. After a year off, she returned to her home state to study journalism at the University of Missouri, receiving her Master’s degree in 2004.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.