Missouri’s junior senator says four companies process 85 percent of all beef in the United States, and he’s calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to launch an antitrust investigation into the meatpacking industry. GOP Senator Josh Hawley says farmers need help…

Hawley is teaming up with Wisconsin Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin, in this effort. The Hawley/Baldwin letter says the closing of three pork plants due to COVID-19 has caused the shutdown “of a staggering 15 percent of America’s pork production.” Hawley says Missourians risk seeing shortages at grocery stores.