Ohio poultry industry workers invited to forum

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WOOSTER, Ohio — Ohio poultry growers will meet with workers and community leaders at 10 a.m. Feb. 19, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 353 E. Pine St., Wooster.

Mike Weaver, president of the Contract Poultry Growers Association of the Virginias, will travel to Wooster to offer his testimony at the forum.

“The No. 1 problem we growers face is compensation,” Weaver said, noting that growers were paid more per pound in the 1970s than they are now.

But a new set of rules being considered would create a base pay system, which would give growers a fairer shake, he says.

The main purpose of Saturday’s town hall meeting is to establish direct dialogue between poultry growers, poultry workers and members of the community.

Saturday’s panel will also feature local academics, community and religious leaders.

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