PLAINVIEW (January 29, 2013)--The impending closure of a Cargill Beef plant that employs 2,000 people has residents of Plainview praying for rain.
Cargill announced earlier this month it would close its plant in Plainview because of the tight cattle supply after years of drought.
The severe lack of rain forced ranchers to sell off millions of animals they couldn't afford to feed, then leaving them to hold on to the relatively few cattle they had left.
The closure could devastate Plainview, a town of 22,000 north of Lubbock.
More than 300 people held a prayer rally Monday, during which one pastor called out for rain as attendees raised their hands in the air.
Others said they hoped the plant closure would open new opportunities elsewhere.