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Stay Informed – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Updated March 18, 2020

With a national health emergency being declared, it seems we are heading into a new era. Terms like “Social Distancing” and “Flattening the Curve” are suddenly part of our vocabulary. What does it mean for SweetPro Feeds, Food First LLC, and ProBiotein, the key operating units of Harvest Fuel Inc.?

We will be able to operate within the Hand Sanitizing and Social Distancing objectives of keeping space between people to prevent spread of Covid-19, the new coronavirus. While the rural areas we operate in most, weren’t hot spots, they certainly can get that way and we can help blunt the damage that might otherwise occur.


It will be increasingly important that we continue in operation, not just because of the importance of individual jobs, but also because our feed and food products are geared to improve immune function – which will be increasingly important as an internal wave of defense.

Right now, external defenses such as hand washing and distance to prevent spread of the virus are focal points. The next line of defense is internal — to fight off viruses that do get through.

Keeping the immune system strong is increasingly important. And it starts with the gut, the digestive system – the “microbiome” — home for 70% of immune function. This is at the heart of our company efforts as a producer of prebiotics and fermented supplements, both for livestock and for people.

The importance of the microbiome and prebiotics in improving internal defenses is only recently being understood. These things take time.

There was a time when even doctors (in the 1850s) resisted bothering with hand washing because microbes were unseen and thus unknown. Louis Pasteur changed that and gradually science has been sorting out between beneficial and pathogenic microbes.

From the 1850s when we started to understand the connection between hand washing to reduce the spread of infection, we jump to the late 1990s, when the term “Prebiotics” – food for probiotic microbes — emerged to advance our understanding of the connection between gut health and immune function.

We embrace hand sanitizing and distancing to prevent viruses and other pathogens from getting into our bodies. We also encourage people to explore the immune boosting benefits of fiber and fermented products such as ProBioteinSweetProEquiPrideEquiLix and MicroBiome Bars to boost internal defenses against pathogens that do get through.



Robert R. Thornberg, President

Harvest Fuel Inc. (SweetPro LLC and Food First LLC)