Hog farmers want government assistance after billions of dollars in losses

Pork producers are seeking immediate action to offset the impact of COVID-19. The call comes as U.S. hog farmers are facing $5 billion dollars in collective pandemic-related losses this year.

The National Pork Producers Council’s Nick Giordano said the economic impact of the pandemic has been horrific for hog producers. He believes the industry may have been harmed more than any other sector.

“Hog farmers were at the tip of the trade retaliation spear in 2018 and 201 so those were supposed to be profitable years, they weren’t,” he said. “This year was supposed to be profitable, but COVID hit and our plants went......Hog farmers had no choice but to depopulate animals. It’s just been a disaster for us and we’re hopeful that the administration and Congress come together on another package. Our hog farmers need the help.”

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