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.
â€œThis is a great beginning for the state’s push to convert all open-air lagoons to modern systems,â€ 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. â€œOnce we get these systems working on the ground, we can develop a market and bring down installation and operating costs,â€ Rudek said. Related Website
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