17 Major Food Processing Facilities Burned This Year and the FBI Suspects Rogue Actors


In March, Joe Biden warned Americans that food shortages are “going to be real.” But there is more at play than the supply chain’s comedy of errors and Russian sanctions. Over the past 6 months, more than 20 raging fires have swallowed major food sourcing locations across the United States and Canada.

The FBI ominously warns that nefarious cyber criminals may be pulling the strings. According to the FBI’s own report:

“Ransomware actors may be more likely to attack agricultural cooperatives during critical planting and harvest seasons, disrupting operations, causing financial loss, and negatively impacting the food supply chain. The FBI noted ransomware attacks during these seasons against six grain cooperatives during the fall 2021 harvest and two attacks in early 2022 that could impact the planting season by disrupting the supply of seeds and fertilizer.”

The agency warned suppliers that an attack on such time sensitive systems could undermine the entire supply chain. Note, there’s no direct evidence or reason to believe that the massive amount of recent fires were caused by cyber attacks. However, the coincidence is still notable.

Let’s dive into some of the recent fires that hit specifically food supply chain facilities in the past 4 months:

Taylor Farms in Salinas, California burst into flames around 7pm on April 13th. The 225,000-square-foot building was severely damaged and more than 100 firefighters fought to contain the inferno. Salinas Fire Chief Michele Vaughn warned that the 35,000 pounds of ammonia on site could have led to a nightmarish hazmat threat. Visit the King City Rustler for more and pictures.

Oregon’s Azure Standard liquid processing facility burned to the ground on April 19th. The fire started in a tote of corn that was temporarily stored at the facility. Maple Hill Homestead breaks down the whole story here.

In Conway, New Hampshire on April 18th at 6:45pm, a massive fire engulfed a meat facility. East Conway Beef and Pork was completely destroyed. Fire crews spent 16 hours on the scene fighting the blaze. There is still no update on how the fire started. Read more on WMTW.

A plane crashed into Gem State Processing in Heyburn, Idaho at around 8:35am on April 13th. The pilot died in the crash according to police. The plane was single engine and traveling from Salt Lake City to Burley Municipal Airport in Idaho. Instead, it crashed into the processing facility for 18,000 acres of Idaho potatoes. Read more on the Idaho Statesman.

A major Walmart facility burst into flames on March 16th. Nearly 1,000 people were in the building when the fire broke out. The fulfillment center in Plainfield, Indiana will shut down permanently from the fire. Nearly 1,100 employees may lose their jobs permanently. Read more on WTHR.

A Nestle Hot Pockets plant in Jonesboro, Arkansas caught fire on March 16th. The facility was still shut down as of March 21st. More from Meat and Poultry.

Several other facilities were damaged or destroyed including the following:

Rio Fresh in South Texas

Maricopa Food Pantry where over 5,000 pounds of food went up in flames

Shearers Foods in Hermiston, Oregon

Bonanza Meat Company in El Paso, Texas

Wisconsin River Meats in Mauston, Wisconsin

Harper’s Market in Hamilton, Canada

Washington Potato Company in Warden, Washington

Cargill-Nutrena Feed Mill in Lecompte, Louisiana the fire was started by a massive explosion and burned for 12 hours

Van Drunen Farms facility in Momence, Illinois

These are only several of many more. It’s astounding that they’ve gotten so little media coverage. Regardless of whether or not they were started by rogue actors or are connected in any way, they will undeniably affect prices on our shelves.

This seems to be just another log on the fire these days. What are your thoughts? Is there any reason to believe the FBI’s warning might be connected to these fires? Is it all just a random fluke? How can the United States food economy recover from this heavy blow? Leave a comment down below.

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12 thoughts on “17 Major Food Processing Facilities Burned This Year and the FBI Suspects Rogue Actors”

  1. WOW what Galactic Intelect at work! Wonder if after all the know TERRORIST caught crossing the southern border it set off any ones alarm bells?

    1. “I’ll bet it’s rogue Republicans like that son of a bitch Peter Doocy,” Biden was overheard muttering. “He, he, he, ha, ha, cackle, cackle, gurgle, gurgle,” replied VP Harris, while on her knees under Joe’s desk.

  2. FBI is investigating ? The FBI is well recognized as the instigators of ‘false flags’. Gee, I wonder who is the arsonist?

  3. I read elsewhere that there are on the order of 30,000 such food processing facilities, both large and small, on the continent. Perhaps there are not any really unusual occurrences after all? Certainly, an airplane crash is not a cyber attack.

  4. FBI is investigating and suspects rogue actors ? All they have to do is look in-house. Most of the ‘BS’ we see is false flags that originate from the FBI. Hillarious !

  5. Catch the criminals, severely punish them on live TV, and then toss them in prison for the next 20 years without ANY CHANCE of early release. I have a funny feeling the others may rethink their future arson plans.

  6. So what is the FBI good for anymore punishing Trump and his supporters??? If they want they can find a needle in the haystack but not this right???

  7. While it is difficult to believe these fires are anything other than coincidental separate instances, would anyone put it past extreme Leftist Progressives to conspire to attack the food chain in order to perpetuate the illusion that citizens need government for our basic sustenance? I’ve given up believing that anything is too outrageous for hateful Progressives to do to justify bigger government. The most ironic thing about liberal minded citizens supporting extremists Progressives is that in the long run, those Progressives will turn on the average liberal minded citizen just as badly as they will turn against anyone. Equality, as Progressives portray it, is an illusion. Yes, we are all created to have equal opportunities to better ourselves. That does not mean we all will take the initiative to do so. Being equal is not a good thing as we take into consideration the vast differences in how each of us defines what success is. To some, it is financial excess. To some, it is secure family. To some, it is being content with the bare minimum of creature comforts as long as we feel safe. To others, the more things, the merrier we may be. There are plenty of well adjusted, content folks who live in standards considered below poverty level while many who live in the lap of luxury are the most discontented with life.