Illinois Pork Producers get a Bad Rap
The Tribune’s recent four-part series “The high price of cheap pork” has left me dismayed and very disappointed. I have worked with countless students over nearly 50 years at Joliet Junior College, counseling and advising them on the career opportunities in agriculture.
The image presented of the Illinois pork industry in this series is, at best, misleading and completely lacks perspective. The Illinois pork industry today provides countless attractive opportunities for individuals who wish to make a career working with animals in a profession in which they can take great pride. Several of the pork producers cited in this series are among the most professional livestock producers I have had the privilege of working with. Their concern for the well-being and welfare of their animals as well as the environment is outstanding.
The cooperation of many Illinois pork producers for this series in hopes it would provide a balanced picture of the Illinois pork industry was futile. When reporters start with preconceived conclusions and only accept evidence to support them, the results are very misleading and are not indicative of quality journalism.
— William Johnson, agriculture coordinator, Joliet Junior College