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Empty shelves during a routine trip to a local grocery store is a startling side effect of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic that most Americans are experiencing. The meat industry is one of many grocery store categories that has taken a debilitating hit during the outbreak of COVID-19. Experts reported to CNBC News that the meat industry as a whole could potentially take a loss greater than $20 billion dollars in 2020. Many factors continue to contribute to the decrease in dollars within the meat industry.
With close working conditions and the pandemic in full force, large meat processing plants quickly became a hot spot for COVID-19. Midwest Center’s Gannett Agricultural Data Fellow, Sky Chadde, stated: