Provided Mother Nature cooperates —  something of a tough prediction this year —  Tyson Foods officials say the company's Columbus Junction, Iowa, pork slaughter plant will reopen. The goal it to start up operations this Friday, provided that area roads reopen and the quality of the plants water supply is approved. The plant has been closed since June 13.

While many area roads and highways remain flooded, the water level is starting to recede. This week's "drier" forecast is projected to lend a much-needed hand. "We believe this will allow our workers and area hog producers to safely access the plant later this week," says Gary Mickelson, Tyson spokesperson.

If things go as planned, hog slaughter will begin on Friday and run on Saturday. Processing would then begin on Saturday.