Expert panel talks future of PSF

Supporters of Premium Standard Farms are urging a team of agricultural experts to give the northern Missouri company more time to control odors at its hog farms. More than 1,000 people packed a gymnasium at North Central Missouri College in Trenton on Tuesday night at a hearing moderated by the state attorney general's office. Under a 1999 consent judgment that was extended in 2004, Princeton-based Premium Standard must implement "next generation technology" to fix odor problems by July 31 of this year or face a state lawsuit. Dozens of people - many who work for Premium Standard or companies that depend on the corporate hog giant - said the area's economy would take a staggering hit if the company were to leave.