Trusts bankrolls study of large livestock farms

DES MOINES - The Pew Charitable Trusts have bankrolled a $2.6 million national study of large-scale livestock production - a key issue in Iowa, the top U.S. hog-producer.

The future of that industry will be discussed by 19 commission members who are as diverse as actress Daryl Hannah, Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. President Thomas Hayes, and James Merchant, dean of the University of Iowa's College of Public Health.

The Trusts created the independent National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production after giving the $2.6 million grant to Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The commission, which will hold a private board meeting in Des Moines Monday through Wednesday, is expected to "conduct a comprehensive, fact-based and balanced examination of key aspects of the farm animal industry."

Source: The Des Moines Register.
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