KANSAS CITY, MO. – The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has turned the meat and poultry industry on its ear, forcing companies to experiment with various strategies and new ideas to survive the crisis while planning for the new normal whenever the dust finally settles.

The daily challenges created by the virus have forced everyone to adopt new mindsets and adapt new ways of working, socializing and maintaining productive lives. Temple Grandin, PhD, is no exception. A professor of animal science at Colorado State University, the world’s foremost expert on livestock handling for the meat and poultry industry and an inspiring speaker and voice for the autism community, Grandin’s life has been turned on its ear thanks to COVID-19.

In this week’s MEAT+POULTRY Podcast, Grandin discusses how she has pivoted her personal and professional life in the coronavirus era.

Just days before her 73rd birthday, Grandin talked about the precautions she takes to stay healthy in public and how she’s managed to replace what used to be a dizzying travel schedule with various projects and a daily routine. In the process, she’s become an expert on remote teaching and participating in Zoom-based presentations and interviews.

As a visual thinker, Grandin also shared her ideas of how the industry has the opportunity to benefit by making some adjustments to business strategies and adopting new mindsets during and after the pandemic. Grandin is a captivating personality and thought leader with some simple ideas and an inspiring outlook on challenges in business and life.

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