Cargill is temporarily closing its High River, Alberta, beef plant due to an outbreak of COVID-19 at the facility. Meanwhile, the company says it has re-opened its processing facility in Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
A weather pattern known as La Nina created drought conditions, and subsequent wildfires, across the U.S. Great Plains has faded, But its weather cousin, El Nino, may develop, according to the Climate Prediction Center.
U.S. beef packers including Tyson Foods and Cargill are racking up historically high margins, thanks to slumping cattle prices amid a supply glut and as Americans turn to beef for their backyard summer barbecues.
Agriculture on the Great Plains in the coming decades may be adversely affected by a shifting of the climate boundary due to global warming, says Richard Seager, a climate scientist at Columbia University.
Kansas is currently has 81.77% of land classified as D1 Moderate by the U.S. Drought Monitor. The recent dry-spell has led Governor Jeff Colyer to declare a drought designation to aid farmers and ranchers.