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USDA Assistance Available for Flood Damaged Ag Land

Columbia, S.C., — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responding to South Carolina farmers and ranchers who suffered damage to working lands and livestock mortality because of Hurricane Florence. Producers are encouraged to sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). USDA is holding a special signup through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for agricultural livestock mortality and carcass disposal. Signup is now available in Chesterfield, Marlboro, Dillon, Marion, Horry, Kershaw and contiguous counties. The first signup period ends September 28, 2018. A second signup period will end on November 2, 2018.

Conservation practices also available through...

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Sep 21 2:51 AM, General News



North Carolina Pork Council Hurricane Florence Update

Five days after Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina, most of our 2,100 hog farms are returning to normal operations. For a small portion of farms, logistical challenges amid record levels of flooding continue as hog farmers and partner production companies are taking extraordinary steps to ensure animal care. In many cases, this means farmers have remained at the barns for days without access to the outside world because they are remaining with their animals. In others, farmers are accessing the barns by boat and, in a few cases, farmers and employees have shuttled to barns by helicopter to reach the animals. The size of the area impacted by the hurricane that involves our operations is across 14 counties, the total size of which is larger than the states of Massachusetts and Rhode ...

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Sep 20 7:44 AM, General News


North Carolina Pork Council Statement on Hurricane Florence Sept. 18

In North Carolina, we raise about 8.9 million pigs on 2,100 farms. Our farmers took extraordinary measures in advance of this storm, including moving thousands of animals out of harm’s way as the hurricane approached.

The storm’s impact was felt deeply across a very large region, and the approximately 5,500 swine losses reported by the NCDA&S Emergency Programs and Veterinary Services divisions were the result of all aspects of the storm, including wind damage and flooding. We are saddened by this outcome.

We do not expect the losses to increase significantly, though floodwaters continue to rise in some locations ...

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Sep 19 7:46 AM, General News


North Carolina Pork Council Advisory on Hurricane Florence

September 16 at 9 p.m.: Hog farmers in North Carolina are watching with great concern the still-rising flood waters brought by the historic impact of Hurricane Florence. Efforts continue in affected areas to provide feed and care for animals, and fuel to power farms, while ensuring safety for our farm families and farm employees.

On-farm assessments and industry aerial surveys conducted today determined that flood waters have reached portions of our farms in at least three locations. We know that, in these same locations, animals were moved in advance of the storm or are continuing to receive attention from farmers. In many locations, trucks ...

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Sep 17 7:23 AM, General News


Sanderson Farms, Inc. Provides Update on North Carolina Operations

LAUREL, Miss.- Sanderson Farms, Inc. on Saturday provided an update on the status of the Company’s facilities in North Carolina following landfall of Hurricane Florence and the related severe weather and flooding in the region.

Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc., said, “We are pleased to report we have not received any news of injury or loss of life among our employees and growers in the North Carolina area affected by this devastating storm. We will continue to assess the situation related to our processing plant, hatchery and feed mill in Kinston, North Carolina, and our processing plant and hatchery located in St. Pauls and Lumberton, North Carolina. An initial assessment ...

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Sep 17 6:54 AM, General News




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