Hog plant forum Feb. 17

Concerned Citizens of Rockford and Winnebago County are sponsoring a forum Thursday, Feb. 17 concerning a possible hog slaughtering, processing and cooking facility in Winnebago County. Three panelists are scheduled to discuss the economic, environmental, health and quality of life issues regarding such operations.

Panelists include: Dr. Kendall Thu, professor at Northern Illinois University and co-author of the book Pigs, Profits and Rural Communities; Terry Spence, Missouri farmer and president of Citizens Legal Environmental Action Network; and Ed Garvey, Madison, Wis., attorney who will inform attendees about environmental and land-use law. The forum is titled “Myths and Facts of the Impact of Hog Slaughtering/Pork Processing Plants on a Community.”

Community leaders and elected officials Carol Bell and Mary Ann Aiello said admission to the forum is free. However, donations will be accepted to offset costs associated with the meeting. The forum is scheduled at 7 p.m., in the Rockford Environmental Science Academy, 1800 Ogilby Rd., on Rockford’s southwest side.

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