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Tue September 10, 2013
Pork checkoff funds research, can't please all producers
On this week's show, we'll hear about a program that funds pork research, and revisit a story about food hubs.
Every time a hog is sold, farmers contribute to the National Pork Check-off. The program each year raises tens of millions of dollars that goes to the National Pork Board, which is charged with improving the $20 billion dollar industry. Some of that money funds scientific research. But as Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, though all producers contribute, they aren't all satisfied with the research.
Also, we’ll revisit a story about food hubs. These food processing and distribution centers make it easier for restaurants, grocery stores, and others to buy local food. As Sean Powers reported for Harvest Public Media back in July, it’s part of a trend that’s not only helping struggling farms, but also bringing in new talent to agriculture.