As it is, farmers and ranchers are struggling to take care of cattle, chickens and other animals with frozen water sources and no heat, while coping with interruptions in feed supplies. Plants, meanwhile, have been hit by power outages.
Three dairy processing plants belonging to Select Milk Producers had to shut down for lack of electric power. As a result, the company’s CEO told the Wall Street Journal, the company is left every day with about 150 tanker trucks of milk that it can’t process. Farmers who can’t get their milk processed are dumping $1 million worth daily, the CEO said.