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Smithfield Foods said it will reopen its pork-processing plant in Monmouth.

There are thousands of concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, around the United States, but no one knows the exact number.

Two Stanford University professors published research this week in the journal Nature Sustainability, saying there’s an easy way to count CAFOs: Teach a computer to do it for them.

Fire Idles Workers at Monmouth's Largest Employer

Sep 6, 2016
T.J. Carson

Production at the Smithfield Foods processing plant in Monmouth is shut down for the time being as executives from the company and the city  look into the damage from Monday's fire.  Around 1,600 people work at the plant.

Peggy Lowe/Harvest Public Media

The long line of semi-trucks waiting to get in the gates of the Farmland Foods plant could simply wait around for a few hours to head back, fresh products on board.

Sarah McCammon for Harvest Public Media

Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers, announced Monday it will stop using gestation crates.