Growing Appetites Fuel Record U.S. Meat Production

Farmers and meatpackers produced a record 100 billion pounds of red meat and poultry in 2017

America is producing more meat than ever.

Farmers and meatpackers produced a record 99.7 billion pounds of red meat and poultry in 2017, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates. They are on track for an even bigger slaughter this year.

Tyson Foods Inc., Sanderson Farms Inc. and other meat companies are building new plants that are expected...

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