A North Carolina farmer known for his criticism of the chicken industry’s growing and contracting practices will speak to farmers at meetings this week around eastern Nebraska.

Craig Watts will speak at seven meetings hosted by Nebraska Communities United, a group that formed last year to challenge retailer Costco’s plans to build a chicken processing plant in the Fremont area, supplied by a regional network of chicken farmers.

Watts will discuss his experience with growing chickens on contract for Perdue. The meetings are aimed at farmers and are open to the public.

The meetings are at:

» 9:30 a.m. and noon Tuesday, Norfolk Library.

» 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Keene Memorial Library, Fremont.

» 1 p.m. Wednesday, Tekamah Auditorium.

» 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nielsen Center, West Point.

» 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Wahoo Library.

» 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Columbus Library.

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