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EDF working towards cleaner hog farms

The Environmental Defense Fund is set to bring relief to North Carolina's hog farmers and those in the vicinity by installing cleaner technologies.

With ten million pigs in North Carolina's hog industry, animal waste stored in open lagoons is a major environmental and health concern. This June, under its new Lagoon Conversion Program, the state awarded grants of up to $500,000 each to two hog farms and a nearby plant that will use new technology to turn the waste from 60,000 hogs into fertiliser.

“This is a great beginning for the state's push to convert all open-air lagoons to modern systems,” said EDF environmental scientist Joseph Rudek.

Frontline Farmers, a coalition from the hog industry and EDF are working to make conversion to the new systems economically feasible. “Once we get these systems working on the ground, we can develop a market and bring down installation and operating costs,” Rudek said.

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