Meat supply chains, especially chicken, not set up for flexibility if plants require temporary closures due to employee sickness.
Tyson paying premium this week to help cattle producers weather COVID-19 impact.
DFA re-evaluating options but still plans to bid by March 30 deadline.
One-fifth of nation’s economy and one-fourth of American jobs linked to food and agriculture sectors.
North American Meat Institute and industry work to meet consumer food needs.
Industry had largest impact on Iowa’s economy, at $6.21 billion.