Deere plans to make 225,000 face shields for health care workers fighting COVID-19
Des Moines Register: Deere & Co. said today that it plans to make 225,000 protective face shields to help meet the needs of health care workers battling the coronavirus outbreak across the country. The farm and construction equipment manufacturer said the first 25,000 face shields will be delivered to 17 U.S. Deere factories in eight states for local distribution as well as its U.S. Deere-Hitachi factory.

Smithfield to close Sioux Falls pork plant due to new coronavirus

Reuters: Smithfield Foods Inc, the world’s biggest pork processor, said today that it is temporarily closing a plant in Sioux Falls, S.D., because of the new coronavirus, the latest disruption to the U.S. food supply chain from the outbreak. The company will suspend operations in a large section of the pork plant on Saturday and completely shutter it on Sunday and Monday, after employees tested positive for the virus.

Small businesses wait for cash as disaster loan program unravels
New York Times: Flooded by requests for help like never before, a federal disaster loan program that was supposed to deliver emergency relief to small businesses in just three days has run low on funding and nearly frozen up entirely. Now, business owners who applied are desperate for cash and answers about what aid, if any, they are going to receive. The initiative, known as the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, is an expansion of an emergency system run by the Small Business Administration that has for years helped companies after natural disasters like hurricanes, floods and tornadoes. The program is supposed to offer loans of up to $2 million, but many recent applicants said they were told by the SBA help line that loans would be capped at $15,000 per borrower.