An estimated 160-thousand hogs per day nationwide are being euthanized because of processing plants being shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota representative Colin Peterson serves on the US House Agriculture Committee.

“One of the things I’m going to do is to give authority to the secretary (of agriculture) is to give him the authority to retroactive pay for farmers who need to euthanize animals. It’s going to be in whatever next piece of legislation that goes before our committee,” said Peterson.

Peterson says the USDA’s current priority is to re-open processing plants in Worthington, Sioux Falls, and Waterloo but no timetable has been given. He says workers need to feel safe before the plants can re-open.