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E-M:/ Big pig consolidating interest in the midwest??

Courtesy of checchogs and of interest to those concerned about CAFO's in MI.  No copyright (and you have to be a registered user on Agweb to get the original article). 

Over the past 5 years, bigpig has become an unwelcome guest in the (formerly) unregulated SE United States. No surprise there. Now they're huntin' and gruntin' and looking for production sites in more accommodating places perhaps. . .??

Indiana, Ohio and Michigan pork producers will conduct a series of informational meetings in early December to explain the newly-formed Great Lakes Pork Cooperative (GLPC).
Over the past two years a consortium of pork industry representatives have been meeting to address pork competitiveness issues in the Eastern Corn Belt with the focus on how to keep the region viable. Initial market studies indicate that the tri-state area was losing status as a major pork producing area.

Representatives in the consortium include: the Indiana Pork Advocacy Coalition, the Ohio Pork Producers Association, the Michigan Pork Producers Association, the tri-state departments of agriculture, Farm Bureau, Ohio State University, Michigan State University and Purdue University.
According to INPAC’s Executive Vice President Terry Fleck, meetings scheduled in Indiana include:

Dec. 3 -Columbus, Ind., Farm Bureau Insurance Bldg., 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Dec. 3 - Montgomery, Ind., Gasthof Restaurant, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Dec. 4 - Greencastle, Ind., Putnam County Library, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Dec. 4 - Muncie, Ind., Farm Bureau Insurance, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Dec. 5 - Logansport, Ind., Martin's Supermarket, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Dec. 5 - Warsaw, Ind., Warsaw Public Library, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Or… for more information about the meetings or the GLPC, contact Indiana pork producers Mike Lemmon (219) 636-7304; Gordon Smiley (812) 663-8595; or INPAC Executive Vice President Terry Fleck (317) 879-3240.