Statement by Andy Curliss, CEO of the North Carolina Pork Council
The N.C. Pork Council is disappointed in Gov. Cooper’s veto of the state budget bill. This bill contains a provision to allow funding within the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to be used towards a voluntary buyout program for hog farms located in floodplains.
Since last fall, we have been working diligently with state and federal governments and other organizations to secure grants and matching funds to purchase conservation easements on farms that are still in flood-prone areas. A portion of those funds are in a provision in the budget that was vetoed. We ask the General Assembly for a quick override so that we can move forward with securing funding.
We thank Commissioner Troxler and his staff, as well as lawmakers, for tremendous support in working to fund this program.
We are frustrated and perplexed by continued bursts of misinformation and deep mischaracterization by outside environmental groups that have sought only to use the budget process as a fundraising issue for themselves.