Hog Production: North Carolina Lawmakers Pass Measure to Reduce Nuisance Complaints

The Associated Press reported this week that, “North Carolina lawmakers are making it harder for neighbors of agribusinesses to file complaints about smells and other nuisances.

“Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper vetoed the wide-ranging farm bill, which contains language sought by pork producers after numerous lawsuits.

“The Senate overrode the veto on Tuesday; the House did so on Wednesday.”

The AP article noted that, “Smithfield Foods was hit recently with a nearly $51 million verdictcut to about $3 million because of state limits on punitive damages. The new law all but blocks lawsuits against farm operations in the future.”

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