Noem signs executive order for pork producers, puts together medical review committee

PIERRE, S.D. – Governor Kristi Noem announcing a number of steps aimed at getting the state’s economy back up and running.

In an executive order signed Monday, overstocking restrictions on pork producers is temporary lifted. Noem cited the South Dakota Pork Producers in estimating 4,000 hogs are going unprocessed every day while Smithfield Foods remains shuttered in Sioux Falls.

The order allows more flexibility in daily operations for pork producers as they have nowhere to send their growing hogs.

“These folks have been devastated by the situation we see,” said Noem. “Where they planned to, where they had contracts, and where they were going to be hauling their hogs has been completely dried up and eliminated.”

With the granted flexibility, Noem says producers will still be required to maintain soil quality.

In getting business back open in the state, Noem says the state will be putting a committee together to tailor President Donald Trump’s “Opening Up America Again” plan to South Dakota. The Medical Review Committee will be comprised of the state secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon and health leaders from the state’s three major hospital systems, Monument Health, Sanford Health, and Avera Health.

“These are going to be medical recommendations as to testing capabilities, how testing should work moving forward, contact tracing,” said Noem. “This will make sure that is applicable in a medical view point which is why every member of this committee has a medical background.”

The President released the guidelines Thursday which lays out a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts.

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