Managing the waste from those millions of hogs presents a significant environmental challenge. Over the last six years researchers at N.C. State have evaluated five new technologies for hog waste disposal and found them to be better for the environment than the traditional lagoon method. However, some say right now the new technologies are too expensive to implement. Chuck Stokes, a hog farmer in Greene County, tells us the new tools are worth the investment and necessary to sustain the industry in Eastern North Carolina. He's currently testing three on his farm. Stokes and other members of Frontline Farmers, a grass roots organization of farmers working with environmental groups on new disposal methods, plan to lobby the General Assembly to pass a bill that would provide funding for farmers that voluntarily adopt new technologies.
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