Indiana, Ohio and Michigan pork producers have the opportunity to learn about the newly formed Great Lakes Pork Cooperative, according to Terry Fleck, Indiana Pork Pork Advocacy Coalition's executive vice president. GLPC's goal is to create an integrated production system from the farm to the dinner plate to enhance producers' share of the product value.

"Keeping with INPAC's mission to explore business development opportunities, GLPC is a new initiative we wanted producers to know about," says Fleck.

Over the past two years a consortium of pork industry representatives have been discussing pork competitiveness issues in the Eastern Corn Belt with a focus on keeping the region viable. Market studies show the tri-state area was losing status as a major pork producing area.

Representatives in the consortium include: INPAC, the Ohio Pork Producers Association, the Michigan Pork Producers Association, the tri-state departments of agriculture, Farm Bureau, The Ohio State University, Michigan State University and Purdue University.

Beginning in December, GLPC will sponsor informational meetings to show the group's conceptual ideas and update producers on current activities. Meetings scheduled in Indiana include:

December 3 - Columbus, Ind., Farm Bureau Insurance Building, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
December 3 - Montgomery, Ind., Gasthof Restaurant, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
December 4 - Greencastle, Ind., Putnam County Library, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
December 4 - Muncie, Ind., Farm Bureau Insurance, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
December 5 - Logansport, Ind., Martin's Supermarket, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
December 5 - Warsaw, Ind., Warsaw Public Library, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

No reservations are required. For more information about GLPC, the Indiana meetings or those in participating states,contact Fleck (317) 879-3240, or Indiana pork producers Mike Lemmon (219) 636-7304; Gordon Smiley (812) 663-8595.

GLPC News Release