Wednesday 22 May 2019

Lawmakers Hope To Head Off Hog Farm Lawsuits (PHOTOS)

Eastern Carolina hog farmers unite against the lawsuits that may threaten their industry.

Hundreds gathered at a Duplin County farm outside of Beulaville Tuesday to show their support for North Carolina’s hog farmers.

While Smithfield Foods has been ordered to pay millions of dollars to neighbors of two hog operations, North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says the families that run those farms will suffer when their hogs are taken away because their farms have been declared a nuisance.

Marlowe Vaughan, a pig farmer in Wayne County, says she and her fellow farmers are scared.

Vaughan says farmers need to do a better job of educating the public about where food comes from.

Recently, juries in two cases have awarded multi-million dollar settlements to neighbors of two Eastern Carolina hog farms.

The neighbors claim the hog farms are a nuisance and health hazard due to storage and disbursement of pig waste.

Smithfield Foods, the operator of those farms, is also facing dozens of similar lawsuits across the state.

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