a-purchase-of-Cargill-Inc.’s-pork-business-by-Brazilian-based-JBS.-Known-among-Missouri-farmers-for-decades-Cargill-acquired-the-pork-cooperative-of-MFA-Inc.-originally-Missouri-Farmers-Association-founded-outside-of-Brunswick-Missouri-in-1914-several-years-ago-as-competition-declined-in-the-face-of-full-integration-of-the-U.S.-pork-industry.-Now-the-majority-of-U.S.-hog-production-is-largely-out-of-farmers’-hands-and-in-the-hands-of-large-multinational-corporations-some-of-which-are-headquartered-far-from-America’s-shores.-This-is-the-second-time-in-as-many-years-that-Missouri-pork-with-deep-roots-in-farmer-owned-cooperatives-has-drawn-even-further-away-from-the-family-farms-where-they-began.-In-2013-Chinas-Shuanghui-Ltd.-swallowed-Smithfield-Foods.-Smithfield-in-turn-had-bought-out-the-bankrupt-Missouri-based-Farmland-Industrys-hog-business.-Farmland-which-had-its-main-offices-in-Kansas-City-Missouri-ceased-business-operations-in-2003-and-was-once-known-as-a-the-largest-farmer-owned-co-op-in-the-world

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