Pork producers from Indiana, Ohio and Michigan have formed the Great Lakes Pork Cooperative. Their intention is to create an integrated production system from farm to dinner plate to enhance the value of pork for producers, according to Terry Fleck, executive vice president of the Indiana Pork Advocacy Coalition (INPAC).

For two years, a consortium of groups has met to address the competitiveness of the Eastern Corn Belt and how to keep the region viable in the pork industry.

The consortium included the INPAC, Ohio and Michigan pork producers associations, Farm Bureau, Ohio State, Michigan State and Purdue universities and all three states' departments of agriculture.

For more information, contact Mike Lemmon, DVM, at (219) 636-7304, Gordon Smiley at (812) 663-8595 or Fleck at (317) 879-3240.