NC bill would ease hog farm biogas permitting

This year's farm bill includes a provision creating a general permit for animal operations to build and operate farm digester systems for capturing methane for energy.

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‘Significant’ lagoon breaches are just one problem northern Missouri hog farmer faces

State’s hands-off approach to smaller concentrated animal feeding operations is taking a toll on the environment, critics say.

Burning pig poop fumes doesn’t solve anything

The Biden administration supports biofuels. But a Smithfield project in North Carolina shows that converting hog waste to energy won’t address the biggest issues with pork farming.

Florida’s crisis highlights a nationwide risk from toxic ponds

Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

Maisie Ganzler: It's time for aquaculture to start kicking its drug habit

Few consumers are aware that intensive fish-farming operations overuse antibiotics for similar reasons as their land-based counterparts, and with similarly dire consequences.

A hog waste agreement lacked teeth, and some North Carolinians say they’re left to suffer

Today, many farmers continue to store the waste in open pits despite the millions of dollars in private investment spent and years of research and political promises. The practice grows more hazardous with each hurricane that pounds the state.

Could Smithfield Foods have prevented the “rivers of hog waste” in North Carolina after Florence?

The pinkish, putrescent, rurally-located lagoons have been a source of concern for decades. Did the largest pig and pork producer in the world fail to secure them?
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In North Carolina, hog waste pollution a familiar result. Will things ever change?

NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA —The full extent of Hurricane Florence's environmental damage isn't yet known in North Carolina, where waste from factory farms, coal ash, and other pollutants are contaminating floodwaters still on the rise after the largest East Coast deluge north of Florida in history.

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Florence engulfs hog farms and chicken houses, thrashing North Carolina agriculture

At least 1.7 million chickens have died from flooding in the state. The impact is now coming into focus — including overflowing pools of hog manure and waterlogged sweet potato fields.

Flooding causes a hog lagoon to breach; others are at capacity

Flooding from Hurricane Florence is causing spills at hog farms and coal ash ponds in North Carolina, and stranded workers at a nuclear power plant. NC rivers with historic flooding include the Neuse and Cape Fear.
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