STATEMENT BY NORTH CAROLINA PORK COUNCIL ON VERDICT IN MCKIVER v. MURPHY-BROWN
We’re greatly disappointed and saddened by the verdict. It’s an absolute shame the jury did not have the opportunity to personally visit the farm and was not allowed to hear all the evidence and testimony from the defendant, Murphy-Brown.
We caution anyone from making sweeping generalizations about our industry based on a single case involving one farm with unique circumstances.
Make no mistake: These lawsuits are part of an ongoing, coordinated and unfounded attack on agriculture that endangers thousands of jobs and economic activity across the state, especially in rural eastern North Carolina.
Our industry has invested significantly in new technologies and improvements, and more and better management practices. The jury heard a lot of testimony – from neighbors and experts alike – that the community immediately surrounding the farm in this case is vibrant, growing and full of outdoor activity.
Our farmers care deeply about the communities where they live and work. They remain committed to being good neighbors and addressing concerns that are brought to their attention.