Friday 21 Sep 2018

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Farmers Rally In Raleigh

(NORTH CAROLINA NEWS NETWORK) — Some North Carolina Republican elected officials had a wide-ranging agriculture bill that was sitting on Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk on their minds when they addressed about 1,000 farmers and allies attending a pro-industry rally in Raleigh this week.

Cooper vetoed a measure making it hard for neighbors of hog farms to sue for damages because of odors and other nuisances from large livestock operations.

State Ag. Commissioner Steve Troxler told the crowd hog farmers should be viewed as a blessing–not a nuisance.

The measure responds to litigation filed against pork producers.

The first trial ended with a multi-million dollar verdict against Smithfield Foods.

The General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto Wednesday.

Rep. John Bell addresses crowd at N.C. agriculture rally in Raleigh on Monday

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