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Hurricane and Hogs; USDA and Cell-Cultured Meat; Canada and Dairy

Hurricane Florence and Hogs Hurricane Florence is headed to the Carolinas, and anticipation of its impact on North Carolina’s hog production and processing capacity has been whipsawing lean hog futures. As of approximately 8 A.M. (EDT) this morning, the storm was predicted to move slightly south of the original path. However, it is still expected to hammer an area key to pork production around Wilmington and Cape Fear. North Carolina is home to approximately 12 percent of hog production and 10 percent of processing capacity. Smithfield has closed two plants: Tar Heel (32,500 head/day capacity) and Clinton (10,600 head/day capacity). Also in the swath of the storm is its Gwaltney, Virginia plant (10,200 head/day capacity). The hurr...

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