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On the Next "Market Journal"
May 30, 2003-Documentary Explores Changes in Pork Production, Rural Communities
"Rural Battleground," a 30-minute documentary about the ways in which
an evolving pork production industry is affecting rural communities,
will be shown in its entirety on the May 30 "Market Journal Extra."
Presented by the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension,
"Market Journal Extra" is a video program focusing on issues of
interest to people involved in agriculture.
"Rural Battleground" reveals the root causes of the conflict between
large-scale animal confinement operations and the people who live
near them. The impact of these operations on the environment, on
local economies, and on people is at the heart of the debate. While
some say the economic benefits of large hog operations outweigh the
potential negatives, others say the big farms are destroying rural
Most of the battles to either block or win approval for large-scale
animal operations in Nebraska have been fought at the county level.
Zoning laws have been applied and tested by both sides, and legal
challenges to zoning rulings have been both numerous and contentious.
"Rural Battleground" traces the path of one of those fights from
county meeting to courtroom, and shows how the outcomes of the case
have affected people on all sides.
Graduating NU agricultural journalism master's student Serena Hoffman
produced "Rural Battleground." The finished project is the result of
nearly 2 years of research, documentation, and production.
On Friday, May 30, "Market Journal Extra" can be seen on the Dish
Network's University House Channel (NAUHS) 9411, at noon Central
Time. "Market Journal Extra" will also be broadcast via satellite
(NEB*sat channel 102), and the public is invited to view the program
at Cooperative Extension offices in the following Nebraska counties:
Boone, Cass, Holt, Madison, Saunders, Sioux, Valley, Washington, and
York. In Lincoln, "Market Journal Extra" can be seen on Time-Warner
Cable channel 21. Audio and video clips from the program will be
available on the Web at http://marketjournal.unl.edu
Contact: Jim Randall, communications specialist, Extension
Communications/Broadcast Media, (402) 472-3035.