Hog farmers in North Carolina are watching with great concern the still-rising flood waters brought by Hurricane Florence. Farmers are providing feed and care for animals and fuel to power ventilation systems in barns.
Mandatory evacuations were imposed for parts of three East Coast states Tuesday as millions of Americans prepared for what could become one of the most catastrophic hurricanes to hit the Eastern Seaboard in decades.
Lingering flood waters are making it hard for farmers to recover after Hurricane Florence. Farmers are taking unusual steps to reach hog barns and forcing them to deliver feed through treacherous conditions.
John Piotti of American Farmland Trust has dedicated his career to preserving rural farms and the local economies they support in the Northeast, and now he’s taking his message to the rest of the United States.
Farmers are sharing stories of weathering Hurricane Florence and the lingering devastation in a video by North Carolina Farm Bureau. Agricultural losses are nearly triple than those from Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
North Carolina Pork Council CEO Andy Curliss sees firsthand the devastation hurricanes can cause farmers. But activist groups are already using this coming storm to advance their anti-agriculture agenda,