Eighty pork producers in Arkansas and Oklahoma have a big decision to make, either accept buyout offers from Tyson Foods or proceed with a lawsuit against the company.

About two months ago, Tyson announced that it was closing all of its pork operations and cancelling contracts with 132 pork producers in Arkansas and Oklahoma. The company cited profit losses as the reason for getting out of the live hog business.

Tyson offered its contract producers an initial buyout offer, and now have until Oct. 15 to accept or reject a second offer. Now, the company says it will not only buy out the contract, but also help pay for the cost of closing down the operation.

After the initial announcement, USDA launched an investigation into Tyson’s decision to terminate the contracts. It will take USDA several weeks to complete the investigation.

Associated Press