Ripe for attack: When it comes to hog farms, nothing can appease an activist on a mission.
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
1w ago
No matter what North Carolina hog farmers do to improve their operations, there is always an activist group eager to attack them. Take renewable natural gas, for example. More and more North Carolina hog farmers are interested in covering their lagoons, capturing methane emissions, and generating renewable natural gas. The benefits are immense. Aside from the environmental benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and generating clean energy, the covered lagoons reduce odor and minimize the potential for flooding during hurricanes. Sounds incredibly positive, right? Food & Water Watch ..read more
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Waterkeepers say hog farms not the problem in recent survey
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
3M ago
Breaking News: We agree with the Waterkeepers! No, we didn't stutter. In a recent survey conducted by the Coastal Carolina Riverwatch and contracted with ECU's Center for Survey Research, an overwhelming amount of respondents were positive about living within 5 miles of industrial farms. The majority of respondents said: Air quality was excellent Rarely noticed odors Farms (CAFOs) had no impact on air quality Farms (CAFOs) had no impact to water quality On the whole, the Waterkeeper’s opinions about our farm families don’t match the opinions of local, everyday people. We wanted ..read more
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"NC Hog Farmers Important" say Activists | Contradict Statement with Actions
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
4M ago
“Although we understand that the pork industry is important…” Words said by activists opposing North Carolina hog farms and their efforts to implement innovations. They say that they understand that the NC pork industry is important, but do they really? Do they comprehend what 44,000 jobs looks like? Do they understand what $10 billion does for the state’s economy? Do they know that our hog farmers feed 20 million people every year? Do they realize just how important the pork industry is to NC families and communities? The same families and communities they are supposedly advocating for and ..read more
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What is Contract Farming?
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
4M ago
In the world of agriculture, you often hear terms like “contract farming” and “integrators,” but many people don’t have a good understanding about what these words mean or how these farms operate.  In North Carolina, most farms are operated by family farmers. Many of these families have been growing crops and raising livestock for generations.  Beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the concept of “contract farming” began to gain popularity. This is a system where family farmers sign an agreement to raise animals — typically pigs, chickens and turkeys — for companies such as Sm ..read more
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Latest attack on family farming is rooted in… secrecy
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
4M ago
In this story: Recent media attack on agriculture targeted poultry industry Articles claimed poultry industry is clouded in secrecy (it’s not), but there’s more to the story. Articles were funded by grant from special interests. Grant application submitted by media detailed what the story would look like — months before it was written. Media executives refuse to share outlines they submitted to get money for the predetermined stories. Who’s being secretive now? About this time one year ago, some of the writers and editors at the state’s two largest newspapers were zeroing in on ..read more
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Heaven on the Farm: The Mewborn Family
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
4M ago
“The family farm—is more than a business—the family farm is a lifestyle—it is an ideal worth preserving.” Robin and Wesley Mewborn met in middle school in Duplin County. When they first started dating, Wesley knew nothing about farming; however, Robin had grown up on a multi-generational farm. In 2010, the couple got married. Together, they dreamed of raising their own family on the farm. That dream became a reality in 2014 when they placed their first set of chickens, growing for Case Farms. A few years later, they would add a hog farm and grow for Smithfield. Although their dream came tru ..read more
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Vote for agriculture in upcoming NC elections
NC Farm Families Blog
by NC Farm Families
4M ago
As we look ahead at what issues will impact North Carolina’s farm families this year, the upcoming elections are front and center. There will be important elections taking place at the local, state, and national level, and we encourage everyone to understand the candidates’ views on agriculture. Agriculture remains the largest industry in North Carolina, employing about 20 percent of the state’s workforce and providing an economic impact that exceeds $100 billion a year. That includes about 45,000 family farms. Two of the biggest statewide races on our radar screen this year are the elections ..read more
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Beware of "Smell of Money" documentary
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
4M ago
Documentaries are supposed to get it right, but sometimes they don’t. Sometimes they just want to push an agenda. There’s a documentary called “The Smell of Money” that’s been making the rounds among activist groups recently. The film is an 84-minute attack on North Carolina hog farms and the family farmers who operate them. It features all of the usual suspects—neighbors like Elsie Herring who were part of the nuisance lawsuits against Smithfield. Waterkeepers like Rick Dove and Larry Baldwin who spend their days flying over our farms. And prominent vegans like Sen. Cory Booker, who has intro ..read more
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Bill Graham and a whopper of an election ad
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
4M ago
A lot of people have been asking me lately about an election ad that Bill Graham is running nonstop on TV stations across North Carolina. Graham is a Republican candidate for Governor and a trial lawyer at Wallace & Graham, the Salisbury law firm that spearheaded the nuisance lawsuits against Murphy-Brown, Smithfield Foods, and North Carolina family farmers.  The ad references Graham’s efforts to “stop a Chinese company from dumping toxins on North Carolina farmers.” It appears to reference Wallace & Graham’s role in leading the nuisance suits against Smithfield. On his campaign ..read more
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Answering Your Questions About Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) on Hog Farms
NC Farm Families Blog
by Marisa See
4M ago
Change can be scary. At the vary least, it can raise a lot of questions. With the opportunity to implement renewable natural gas projects on some of North Carolina’s hog farms, there have been many questions raised—questions of safety, impact, and simple curiosity. While most are excited about the opportunity for NC to become a leader in RNG, there are those that have reservations. And so, we wanted to provide answers to some frequently asked questions. Whether you are a skeptic, a sucker for new technology, a community member, a farmer, or a consumer, we hope this answers some of your queries ..read more
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