14 Sep '18, 1pm

Hog Farmers in North Carolina Prepare Facilities for Hurricane Florence

Hog Farmers in North Carolina Prepare Facilities for Hurricane Florence

(Photo Credit: North Carolina Pork Council on Facebook) Hog farmers in North Carolina have been readying their facilities, including lagoons, to accommodate extra rainfall as Hurricane Florence heads to the region. They’re trying to avoid what happened in September 1999, when Hurricane Floyd flooded area farms and wrought environmental havoc. The state has around 2,100 industrial-scale pork farms, the Associated Press reports. Ahead of Florence, the North Carolina Pork Council says that farmers have taken precautions to protect animals, manage lagoons, and prepare for power outages from the storm, which is predicted to bring more than 15 inches of rain and high winds. Specifically, those preparations include shifting animals to higher ground in known flood-prone areas, ensuring ample feed supplies are in place, securing generators and fuel supplies to respond to extended p...

Full article: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2018/09/hog-farmers-h...

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