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The North Carolina permit submitted a 25-page letter to the NC Department of Environmental Quality as part of the public comment period for the Draft Swine Farm Digester General Permit.
In addition, NC Pork organized speakers and others to speak on behalf of the pork industry at the four public hearings, making sure that all the activist arguments were countered with facts and industry concerns about the permit were heard. Overall, the draft permit was fair and mostly within the scope of the Division of Water Quality, which oversees the permit. The largest concern is that any regulations that go above and beyond the regular general permit would be incorporated into the permit at the next renewal.
The Swine Farm Digester General Permit will go into effect on July 2.
Hurricane season is officially here and NC State researchers have predicted an above-average season with 17-21 named storms. Here are five things to keep in mind as we enter hurricane season.
- Things have improved dramatically in the past 20 years.
- NC hog farms have fared well during devastating hurricanes.
- More than 300 hog lagoons in the floodplain have been voluntarily closed.
- Municipal waste treatment plants represent a greater threat than hog farms.
- Beware of photos claiming to show flooded hog farms.
The North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship Committee, chaired by Denise Mason, has selected six students to receive $1,000 scholarships this year.
The scholarship committee and the North Carolina Pork Council as a whole, take great pride in supporting students actively engaged in bettering the pork industry and their communities. Each of the 2022 scholarship recipients have done just that by succeeding in the classroom, immersing themselves within the industry and investing time to improve their communities.