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Missouri Pork Association Essay

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On a Sunday afternoon in 1954 a handful of purebred pork producers met at the Hotel Frederick in Boonville, Missouri. By that evening, the producers had laid the groundwork for the Missouri Pork Association. Before the name change, the cooperation was called the Missouri Swine Breeders Association. The Missouri Swine Breeders hired its first paid executive secretary, Harold Hurd, in 1969. That same year the organization changed their name to the Missouri Pork Producers Association.
A university of Missouri economic impact study of Premium Standard Farms and Farmland Foods shows combined value to the state of $1.1 billion annually. The two businesses were significant contributors to the economic vitality of the state. PSF is an integrated
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By 4900 B.C. pigs were domesticated in China, and were being raised in Europe by 1500 B.C. The Romans improved pig breeding and spread pork production throughout their empire. Two main types were developed: one breed was large, with floppy ears, while the other was a smaller size, with erect ears, used mainly for meat. Missouri has been the primary state for hog production. With hogs playing a significant role in the diversified crop and livestock operations of Missouri’s farmers. Farming operations have tended to be smaller and more diverse than in many neighboring states. Hog sales have been an important source of income during times of the year when other sources of income were not available. They sometimes have been known as the “mortgage lifter.” Hog production started growing in the late 1980s, and started increasing even more rapidly throughout the 1990s. At that time, hog production all throughout the United States began to undergo structural and economic changes. Meatpackers and corporate factory farms began to get into the business of producing hogs. These changes were fueled by several factors -- cheap grain, huge amounts of guaranteed capital available to factory farms, lack of environmental accountability by corporate livestock factories and a lack of enforcement of antitrust laws to keep the marketplace open and
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