David Pitt

Government, Business, Logistics

Virus Is Expected to Reduce Meat Selection, Raise Prices

The Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., where health officials reported dozens of workers tested positive for COVID-19. The Smithfield pork processing plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., where health officials reported dozens of workers tested positive for COVID-19. (Stephen Groves/Associated Press)

Meat isn’t going to disappear from supermarkets because of outbreaks of the coronavirus among workers at U.S. slaughterhouses. But as the meat plants struggle to remain open, consumers could face less selection and slightly higher prices.

David Pitt | Associated Press
April 27, 2020
Government, Business, Fuel

Farmers Blame Trump for Biofuels Rule They View as Betrayal

Monte Shaw, Grant Kimberley and Craig Floss Monte Shaw of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (from left), Grant Kimberley of the Iowa Biodiesel Board, and Craig Floss of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, hold a press conference in Johnston, Iowa, on Oct. 16. (David Plitt/AP)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Agriculture commodity groups and some farmers expressed frustration and anger Oct. 16 with a rule released by the Environmental Protection Agency that they said fails to uphold a promise President Donald Trump made 12 days ago to fulfill the intent of an ethanol law passed by Congress.

David Pitt | Associated Press
October 17, 2019