Farmers, ranchers adapt businesses during COVID-19


By Jennifer Whitlock, Texas Agriculture Dail

Texas Farm Bureau - January 10th, 2022


In January 2020, reports of a mysterious deadly disease began making international headlines. By March, the virus we now know as COVID-19 had made its way to the United States, altering American lives forever.


Overnight, the global economy changed. Markets plunged. Consumers panic-stocked food and household goods, leaving grocery store aisles empty for weeks.


Agriculture wasn’t spared. Supply chain issues plagued farmers, and market prices were extremely volatile.


The boxed beef cutout value climbed sharply while the prices ranchers received for livestock fell just as quickly. Cattle feedlots were nearly overflowing as packing lines slowed to adjust to social distancing guidelines and absent workers.


Farmers felt the effects, too. Cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, sugar and other commodity prices dropped steeply in 2020. Prices have since recovered, but the beginning of the pandemic was fraught with uncertainty.


Now, as the U.S. continues to move forward and operate under a “new normal,” farmers and ranchers keep farming and ranching.


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