Big-Ag is calling for state laws to be amended in its favor when it comes to neighbors suing farms over nuisance complaints.
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality's recent release of the state’s Swine Waste Management General Permit has left some environmental agencies unsatisfied. The department governs the disposal of the nearly 9.5 billion gallons of hog waste generated each year at the state’s industrial swine operations.
New guidelines have been issued for industrial hog farms with the intention of better protecting groundwater and neighbors from pollution.
“No foreign country should be able to purchase farmland in America,” said Warren.
RICHMOND, Va. – Agriculture groups have filed a brief in support of a reversal of a $50 million verdict in Richmond, Virginia earlier this month and the plaintiff's attorney is raising the issue of just how powerful the industry is within North Carolina.
As Smithfield looks to settle lawsuits with North Carolina farm neighbors, China ties complicate the issue
Smithfield Foods continues to settle the many ongoing lawsuits between citizens of rural communities in North Carolina and its Murphy-Brown hog farm subsidiary, as more than $550 million in damages have been awarded across five federal nuisance cases, but its ties to China make the issues more complex.
Last week, a jury awarded 10 plaintiffs a grand total of $420,000 in punitive and compensatory damages in a Duplin County, North Carolina hog nuisance trial against Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods.