As the proposed Costco-owned chicken processing operation in Fremont continues to be discussed, local residents, farmers and families from surrounding Nebraska counties are weighing the benefits and the costs.To help provide real-world information and separate myths from facts of contract- growing, a second series of informational meetings will be held in northeast Nebraska, featuring a nationally-recognized expert and whistleblower on the industrial poultry industry.
Craig Watts is a former contract grower for agribusiness giant Perdue in North Carolina who stood up to the industry and the shortcomings common and harmful to growers.
Currently an independent family farmer and consultant for the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Watts offers a unique, experienced perspective on contract-growing and the issues Nebraska farmers will face.
The meetings will also include a short documentary film, Sharecropper, which explores the ongoing struggles of America’s chicken farmers.
TUESDAY, MARCH 14
Norfolk Library | 308 West Prospect Ave.| 9:30 am & noon (two separate events)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
Keene Memorial Library |1030 North Broad St., Fremont | 9:30 am Tekamah Auditorium | 1315 K Street, Tekamah | 1 pm
THURSDAY, MARCH 16
Nielsen Center | 200 Anna Stalp Ave, West Point | 9:30 am
Wahoo Library | 637 North Maple St | 1:30 pm Columbus Library | 2424 14th | 5:30 pm
This meeting series is co-sponsored by Nebraska Communities United, Socially Responsible Agricultural Project, Farm Aid and GC Resolve.