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In the News: Iowa Plant to Reopen, USDA Reports to Resume

According to the Sioux City Journal, a former Tyson Foods meat plant in Cherokee, Iowa, will reopen on Monday after being closed for about five years. The Iowa Food Group plant has a new owner and product line, backed by a group of investors. The paper reports workers at the plant will take beef, chicken, pork and lamb (slaughtered elsewhere) and process it for retail or food service: slicing, dicing, marinating and packaging. 

The exterior of the Iowa Food Group Plant is seen Jan. 17. Photo credit: Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal

USDA Announces Delayed Report Schedule

In a release Wednesday, the Agricultural Statistics Board of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) said it has begun rescheduling reports that were affected by the lapse in federal funding. During the government shutdown, NASS was not able to collect data or issue reports. USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) also announced the status on its weekly export sales reports. With the government closed a total of 35 days, most of the reports are estimated to be three to four weeks late.

Among reports of interest to SC2Day producers, USDA said the following reports have been rescheduled and others will be announced as soon as they are determined:

  • "Agricultural Prices" (Dec. 27) will be released Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. (ET)

  • "Field Crops Final Estimates" (Dec. 28) will be released Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. (ET)*

  • "Stocks of Grain, Oilseed & Hay Final Estimates" (Dec. 28) will be released Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. (ET)*

  • "Crop Production" (Jan. 11) – estimates will be included in "Crop Production" to be released Feb. 8 at noon (ET)

  • "Crop Production Annual" (Jan. 11) will be released Feb. 8 at noon (ET)"Grain Stocks" (Jan. 11) will be released Feb. 8 at noon (ET)

  • "Winter Wheat & Canola Seedings" (Jan. 11) will be released Feb. 8 at noon (ET)

  • "Agricultural Prices" (Jan. 31) will be released Feb.  20 at 3 p.m. (ET)

  • "Cattle on Feed" (Jan. 25) will be released Feb. 22 at 3 p.m. (ET)

  • "Cattle" (Jan. 31) will be released Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. (ET)

  • "Cattle on Feed" (Feb. 22) will be released March 8 at 3 p.m. (ET)

  • 2017 "Census of Agriculture" (Feb. 21) will be delayed; a new date has not yet been determined.

All NASS reports will be available at

FAS said it has not published a weekly export sales report since Dec. 20, 2018. FAS has resumed daily reporting of export sales and will implement the following schedule to bring weekly reporting up to date:

  • The report for the week ending Dec. 20, 2018, will be published Jan. 31, 2019.

  • The report for the week ending Dec. 27, 2018, will be published Feb. 7, 2019.

  • The report for the week ending Jan. 3, 2019, which will include the marketing year changeover figures for hides and skins, wet blues, pork and beef, will be published Feb. 14, 2019.

  • A combined report for the weeks ending Jan. 10 and Feb. 14, 2019, will be published on Feb. 22, 2019.

The regular reporting schedule will resume for the week ending Feb. 22, 2019, FAS said in a statement.

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