In a world full of change, what remains the same is our commitment to you. For over 75 years Diamond V has been helping producers and the animals they care for.
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COVID-19 is impacting every individual, business, and community in the world in unprecedented ways. It’s a time to be united, even if we’re all physically apart.
As people everywhere take drastic steps to protect themselves during the global pandemic, farmers and ranchers must continue to take care of their animals. Their work is a cornerstone of the food chain that feeds us all, and we’re doing all we can to ensure animal producers have the feed they need to nourish their animals. That is our mission, and it’s never been more important.
And as always, we commend farmers and ranchers for their commitment to the essential business of nourishing the world.
Thank you for keeping the world fed.
Commitment to our Customers
We are confident in the security and sustainability of the global food system and are working around the clock with farmers, ranchers, and customers to feed the world safely and responsibly during this unprecedented time.
Fortunately, disruption in our global supply chain has been limited, as our hard-working employees continue to operate safely in our facilities. We are doing everything reasonably possible to minimize business disruptions. As we provide essential feed and food that nourish people and animals, we are taking this responsibility very seriously and strive to keep our operations – and ultimately farm operations – running.
We may be working differently at this time, but it does not mean our work stops. Our commitment to doing the right thing, putting people first, and reaching higher will continue to guide every decision we make.
We prioritize the health and safety of our employees, as they are essential in delivering the feed our customers need for their animals to stay healthy and nourished. We’ve adopted additional precautions to support staff at our production facilities, including temperature testing where possible, cleaning and sanitizing procedures, prohibiting visitors from our facilities, social distancing practices where possible, and offering shift flexibility to keep our production facilities open.
Our organization is working closely with nonprofit partners and NGOs at both global and regional levels to expedite and ensure swift deployment of resources. We aim to help address food insecurity and nutrition needs for vulnerable children and families around the world, especially in light of widespread school closures. We are also making contributions to local foodbanks to develop shelf stable emergency food boxes to food-insecure families and have announced corporate matching funds for businesses and Cargill Cares council contributions to support COVID-19 relief efforts in local communities.
Globally, Cargill has already contributed more than $11 million through our nonprofit and NGO partners around the globe, with a commitment for more than $35M.
Our approach thus far has been focused on local communities surrounding our plants, support at the country level for national organizations (e.g. Red Cross, Food Banks etc.) and global partners including the World Food Programme and CARE. The national and global efforts have been coordinated across businesses.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Diamond V’s production facilities operational during this pandemic?
Our manufacturing facilities are an essential and critical part of the food supply chain – and they remain open. Diamond V is taking many precautionary actions to keep all our plants safe and operational to ensure we can continue to serve our customers.
Is there animal to human (or human to animal) transmission of coronavirus?
The Centers for Disease Control and the Food and Drug Administration are the leading resources on this topic. Based on what they’ve shared, there is no evidence that pets, livestock, or their owners can infect each other with COVID-19, but there’s also very little research about potential crossover.
Coronaviruses are common among farm animals. Among livestock, pigs seem to be the most susceptible to coronaviruses. One of the more devastating coronaviruses among livestock in recent years was porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV), which affected only pigs. It’s important to remember that anytime people are around an animal, they should use good hygiene. And if the animal caregiver is sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed), they should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just like they would around other people.
Can coronavirus be transferred to animals through feed?
While there is no evidence to suggest that feed is a vector, Diamond V is taking all precautions, including limiting our on-farm visits.
Is it true that farmers and ranchers are “stocking up” on supplies?
We believe producers are accepting larger orders to limit the number of deliveries on-farm. At this time, we’re confident in the supply of animal food ingredients, both coming in from international suppliers and produced domestically, and the ability for feed manufacturers to deliver feed for our farmer customers.
How have supply and demand of animal feed and nutrition shifted? Does this trend mirror the shift with consumers?
Farmers and ranchers are key to our food supply – and they continue to take great care of their animals. Globally there has been increased demand as our customers respond to the uncertainty in front of them. We are operating our plants at full capacity to be able to meet our customers’ needs. One of the key elements to the supply is ensuring we have the ingredients available to make feed. We continually monitor supply and logistics. Our risk management and sourcing teams are working harder than ever to ensure that ingredients can reach our plants on time. At this time, we’re not seeing any disruption in our supply chain. We believe producers are accepting larger orders to limit the number of deliveries on-farm. At this time we’re confident in the supply of animal food ingredients and the ability for feed manufacturers to deliver feed for our farmer customers.
Are there specific species you are seeing more demand from? Or is it widespread?
Globally our organization has seen increased demand across all the species we provide nutrition for – cattle, poultry, dairy cows, pigs, and even salmon.
What are the greatest risks to the animal feed/nutrition supply currently?
This is an unprecedented time. As governments around the globe put measures in place to contain and mitigate COVID-19, the biggest risks we see are related to workforce, supply chain, and transportation.
From a workforce perspective, we are first and foremost focused on keeping people safe. By following our safety practices and local regulations we are confident our facilities will continue to remain operational.
This situation may cause logistic/supply chain issues for the Industry, but as an organization with operations in 65 countries and our One Team approach across sourcing, we’re well-positioned to continue to deliver what our customers need every day and keep our plants in service.
How is Cargill engaging with governments in response to COVID-19?
Across the world, the agriculture industry is playing a critical, life-sustaining role during the pandemic to provide food and feed to nourish the world. In order to ensure agriculture can continue to play this role, Cargill continues to advocate with national, state and local governments for the entire agriculture sector to be considered an essential business that is allowed to operate during this time. Recognizing the importance of keeping our workforces safe, we are engaged with government regulators to obtain proper personal protective equipment and to ensure government guidelines are applied to protect the health and safety of our workers and those working across the agriculture and food industry. Finally, we recognize the challenges that agricultural producers across the world are facing as markets and consumer demands change in response to the pandemic. Cargill, working with key agricultural trade associations, continues to urge governments to provide assistance to agricultural producers to ensure they can continue providing food and feed needed by us all.
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