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USDA talks about helping farmers, ranchers and livestock producers

Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.
Governor Pete Ricketts speaks at the podium during Thursday's press briefing.(KSNB)
Published: May. 28, 2020 at 1:09 PM CDT
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Thursday afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts talked about how the USDA has been working on helping out our state's farmers, ranchers, and small livestock producers.

"With the new precautions, the likelihood of community spread within meatpacking plants is virtually nil. Definitely no greater than going out into the community or to the grocery store," said Greg Ibach, the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Marketing and Regulatory Programs.

The USDA says when they saw a dip in the slaughter, it was tough for the livestock industry. They have been working with state officials to be able to keep workers safe. They have established protocols and taking into account adding shielding, masking, and more ways they can social distance as they continue to work.

The USDA says they will deliver 1 million pounds to the Nebraska food banks for distribution through June.

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