Since Hurricane Matthew struck, the NC Pork Council has been working closely with major pork production companies and individual farmers across the state. Thousands of hog farmers and pork industry employees across Eastern North Carolina have been working around the clock to protect their farms, their animals and the environment from the extraordinary levels of rain and flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. Read below for updates from the NC Pork Council.
Friday, October 14 Update:
The NC Pork Council recently learned from the NC Department of Environmental Quality that there are 11 hog farms in Eastern North Carolina that have been inundated with flood waters. We initially reported that six lagoons had been impacted. The NC Pork Council will continue to assess the damage from Hurricane Matthew and provide updates.
Thursday, October 13 Update:
Hog farms across Eastern North Carolina are continuing to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew and the extensive flooding brought by the storm. There are more than 2,100 permitted hog farms in North Carolina and the vast majority of them faced tremendous challenges caused by the storm. Fortunately, the damage caused by the storm up to this point has been relatively minimal.
There remains a serious threat to life and animals caused by additional flooding, and the pork industry continues to work tirelessly to protect hog farms, animals and the environment.
Wednesday, October 12 Update:
Thousands of hog farmers and pork industry employees across Eastern North Carolina have been working around the clock to protect their farms, their animals and the environment from the extraordinary levels of rain and flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew. Hog farms lost power and many roads and highways are closed, making it difficult to deliver needed supplies.
The NC Pork Council has been in touch with major pork production companies and individual farmers across the state. The initial reports as of midday Tuesday are promising: No hog lagoon breaches have been reported and the loss of animal life has been limited. We will continue to assess the situation.
The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer has released their latest figures on the damage that Hurricane Matthew inflicted across the state. Get their update here.
The NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer has also released a statement on the delivery of LP Gas following Hurricane Matthew. Find the statement here.
For news and updates from the NC State Extension, visit the NC Disaster Information Center.
DOT Hotline: For individualized temporary routing information, US DOT has set up a routing assistance hotline for livestock producers. Please call 888-407-4275 and they will check the current closure information and develop a possible route for you. They will need the origin and destination of the shipments, as well as the weight of the vehicle to give you the best route possible.
Any farmer needing assistance as a result of impacts from
Hurricane Matthew, please call the
Ag Disaster Hotline at 1-866-645-9403.