Ag News: California Strawberry Stands and Tyson Closes Pork Plants
**Roadside strawberry stands are opening for the season in California’s Central Valley, and this year, many display new signs informing customers how to shop while practicing social distancing.
University of California farm advisors developed the signs and distributed them to small-scale strawberry growers.
The signs encourage farm-stand customers not to touch, sample or taste the berries, and to maintain a 6-foot buffer with other people at the stand.
**Tyson Foods is suspending operations at its Waterloo, Iowa plant indefinitely due to more than 180 cases of COVID-19.
The plant is Tyson Food’s largest pork plant, harvesting 19,000 pigs a day, but has been operating at reduced levels recently.
According to agweb.com, the County Board of Health issued a statement calling for the plant to be temporarily shut down.
The facility’s 2,800 workers have been invited back for COVID-19 testing.
**#dairyneverstops is the face of a social-media campaign by the International Dairy Foods Association to share the urgent climate facing the dairy world.
As the coronavirus recession continues, agdaily.com reports #dairyneverstops is intended to underscore the urgency in dairy for a federal plan to help mitigate the catastrophic economic damage expected to worsen over the next several months.
Dairy industry folks are encouraged to use the hashtag to share their stories and create a greater awareness of dairy’s circumstances for policymakers across the United States.