Corn Farmers Say NC Pork Producer Hasn't Paid Them

As many as 30 farmers in southeastern North Carolina say they haven't been paid for corn they delivered to a large pork-producing company run by the daughter of former U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth.

The News and Observer of Raleigh reported Sunday that Bladen County farmer Stewart Young estimates he and his father are owed as much as $200,000 for corn they took to a Bladenboro-area buying facility that is owned by Coharie Hog Farms.

Anne Faircloth, partner of Clinton-based Coharie Hog Farms, said the company is contending with two years of shrinking profits but she ultimately aims to work with the farmers.

Young and another farmer said 13 farmers went to Coharie headquarters in Clinton last week to complain but they weren't told when or whether they would be paid.

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