African swine fever (ASF) does not affect humans; however, this rapidly spreading animal disease is causing widespread threats to pork production and food security globally. Experts estimate that ASF has caused the death of at least 25% of the world's pigs population in China and ten other Asian countries over the last two years.
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Most farms under "normal" circumstances have outstanding health and safety protocols in place to keep the livestock, the crops, and the people safe. In the wake of COVID-19, some additional standard operating procedures may be necessary to protect employees.
As urban encroaches on agriculture (and not the other way around), there are bound to be lawsuits against animal agriculture. The nuisance lawsuits are mostly about odor, but some have included water quality.
New cage-free buildings or re-tooling into cage-free buildings -- construction delays are slowing down the ability of egg producers to move to cage-free eggs. Delays caused by COVID 19 include getting materials to sites, setting up infrastructure (utilities, etc.), and accommodating construction schedules.
The spread of the COVID-19 continues to evolve with something new being encountered each day – whether it is numbers of those infected, those cleared, or those waiting for tests. With shelter-in-place orders affecting one-half of the U.S. population and the uncertainty of the future, one constant remains: agriculture and food producers are exempt from many of the rules.