Construction of the Prairie Farmers Cooperative processing plant at Dawson, MN, is delayed.

Due to difficulties with the contractors, construction did not get underway last November as planned. Construction is expected to begin soon so the plant can operate this year, according to Dennis Timmerman, Boyd, MN, producer and chairman of the cooperative board of directors.

"We are still looking at a late fall completion," he says.

Seventy-five western Minnesota pork producers invested in the $4 million plant. The producers now expect the plant, upon completion, will process 290 hogs/day for an annual total of 72,500.

The producers will concentrate on marketing in Midwestern cities and are continuing to research niche market potential.

The cooperative is also the beneficiary of a $100,000 state tax exemption for building materials and equipment for the facility.