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Open Access Thesis


COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- --Economic aspects; Food supply--Quality control; Agricultural industries--Quality control; Agricultural machinery industry--Quality control; Epidemics--Economic aspects;


The Coronavirus pandemic has impacted many facets of the United States. This study focuses on its magnitude in comparison to prior pandemics such as Anthrax, SARS, and Ebola. In addition to this comparison its impact on Quality Management within the agricultural sector and food supply chain was also assessed. The results of these studies showcase that COVID-19 has grown exponentially in comparison to prior pandemics and will continue to do so as we enter the winter season. Agricultural equipment manufacturing companies saw a drastic decline in quarterly revenues within 2020 in comparison to 2019. Millions in net sales were lost due to the impact of the pandemic in farming equipment demand and the decrease in international supply available due to mandated shutdowns. The preparation for a pandemic such as COVID-19 was lacking within the U.S. Proactive steps, which are recommended within this study, need to be established in order to minimize impacts on this industrial sector, specifically their personnel, declining revenues, overall employee health and satisfaction.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Science


Department of Technology

First Advisor

Rukmini Srikant Revuru, Chair

Date Original


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1 PDF file (vi, 54 pages)



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