As COVID-19 sends workers home, shuts down exports and eateries and spurs panic buying, the pandemic’s effects are being felt in the beef industry.
To address these issues, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association are hosting a webinar at 7 p.m. on March 26, called “Impacts of COVID-19 on the Cattle Industry.” Use this link to register for the event http://bit.ly/Impact-COVID-19-Cattlemen-Webinar.
“There’s a lot of anxiety floating around,” said Mike Looper, animal science department head for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Through this March 26 webinar, we want to offer as much timely information to our industry colleagues to help combat that anxiety and help them make the best decisions they can during this emergency.”
Cattle and calves in Arkansas were a $415 million business in 2018, according to the Arkansas Agriculture Profile. (See: https://division.uaex.edu/docs/2019-AR-Ag-profile.pdf)
The agenda for this program:
- Market Update: John Anderson, professor-agricultural economics, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
- Potential Short-Term Financial Options: Jody Almand, Farm Credit, and Tyler Davis, Diamond Bank USA
- Forage Planning: John Jennings, professor-animal science, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture