Residents in North Carolina's Nash and Wilson counties have formed the Nash Country Landowners Association to fight a Sanderson Farms proposed chicken slaughterhouse location in their area.

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The group also has plans for a campaign effort targeting the Sanderson Farms executive team, their Board of Directors and shareholders. "This week a number of our residents will be purchasing stock in the company," said Association Chairman Con Ward. "We plan to use our new position as shareholders to petition the Board of Directors for time at their next meeting to address our concerns about this proposal." The Association will also ask the Board to share files regarding Sanderson's site selection process.