Cargill to idle Texas beef plant

  • Article by: MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 17, 2013 - 7:59 PM

The shutdown of the big plant stems from the drought and other problems that are squeezing the industry's profits.

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uiopqwertyJan. 17, 1312:55 PM

How many "undocumented workers" using fraudlent ID are going to be looking for new jobs because of this?

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phunkhatJan. 17, 13 1:43 PM

Probably about 4?

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rschildkJan. 17, 13 2:48 PM

What Cargill is NOT telling you is the fact that closing this plant will result in higher prices for the product from the other plant. Value via scarcity is shown every time an Oil Refinery closes due to "maintenance" which curiously always happens at the exact right time to drive up prices. Cargill is just applying the same economics to their product, which is after all why they are in business.

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theruntJan. 17, 13 9:17 PM

The once-"hidden" costs of climate change are becoming more and more apparent.

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yardboyJan. 17, 13 9:47 PM

We went into last year with some of the lowest inventories on corn in years & yet we sold millions of bushels to Asia. Then we have the drought further depleting inventory. But would our two U.S. Senators (& other politicians) demand that we pull the plug on the worthless ethanol business that "our government" demands burning up 40% of the corn crop every year? Do you really think the taxpayer financed Department Agriculture cares about U.S. consumers? How about Amy & Al, do you think they care how high food prices go? No Big Ag lobbyists will get their way.

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toner_04Jan. 18, 1311:37 AM

yardboy - cows aren't meant to eat corn, but sadly, they are fed it.

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dubbleaJan. 18, 13 4:01 PM

Cows aren't meant to eat corn and grass doesn't grow well in Texas during a drought year either. I feel badly for the people who are losing a traditional (100 year old anyway) way of life but cattle ranching's days are numbered in Texas.

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mixie7Jan. 18, 13 8:22 PM

therunt: exactly my thought. Good grief, imagine 20 more years of warmest temps on record, more drought and a food shortage you can actually feel. Maybe those NRA nuts aren't so nuts after all. Course it won't be a tyrannical gov't you're protecting yourself from, it'll be your neighbor.

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