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    http://marketjournal.unl.edu/press/053003.shtml Go to: http://marketjournal.unl.edu/ (Click to listen to documentary.) On the Next Market Journal May 30,
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      Go to: http://marketjournal.unl.edu/
      (Click to listen to documentary.)


      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
      America.

      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.
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