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  • US - Smithfield Foods closing large food plant (hogs) in California results in Utah county declaring economic emergency - June 10, 2022

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    Beaver County declares economic emergency amid Smithfields food plant closure


    by: Courtney Johns

    Posted: Jun 10, 2022 / 10:13 PM MDT

    Updated: Jun 10, 2022 / 10:13 PM MDT


    BEAVER COUNTY, Utah (ABC4) – The Beaver County Commission unanimously voted to declare a local state of economic emergency on Friday, after learning Smithfield Foods is closing its plant in California.

    Beaver County Commissioner Tammy Pearson said Smithfield Foods has been a part of the community for decades.

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    While the company hasn’t announced any specific plans for its contracts in Utah, on Thursday, the company announced it would close a plant in California. Several Utah hog producers supply that plant. In a press release, the company said it plans on decreasing its sow herd in Utah.

    Bailee Woolstenhulme with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food said this closure could have a huge impact on the state.

    “We have 28 farms that are contracted with Smithfield Foods,” said Woolstenhulme.

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    Pearson said Smithfield is the county’s largest employer, with around 450 employees. If those employees lose their jobs, they could leave, along with other companies that relied on them for business.

    The commission plans to meet with the governor and the commissioner of agriculture early next week.

    https://www.abc4.com/news/local-news...plant-closure/

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    They say the costs are too high in CA.

    https://www.agdaily.com/lifestyle/sm...ty-california/
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