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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  • by Anonymous on Nov 6, 2009 at 05:20 PM
    they have filed chapter 11 and shutting down farms
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Clinton on Nov 3, 2009 at 05:19 AM
    Oh, but I bet this has not affected the Faircloth's or the Water's lifestyle. I'm sure they are still living in the life of luxury they are accustomed. This is just WRONG. Being a farmers daughter, I sympathize with all the farmers. I think all the farmers should ban together and get a good attorney to represent all of them. I pray the farmers get paid!
  • by Roy Location: NC on Nov 2, 2009 at 03:19 PM
    Sounds like Robbery to me. I thought there was a law against that.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 2, 2009 at 04:26 AM
    They need to pay them already!!!! They didn't work with them when they delivered the corn, they just TOOK it. I say pay them now, or shut down.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Nov 1, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    It's inconvenient to pay the farmers, so they can just wait. Too bad there isn't a lawyer or two around willing to take on the Faircloth tribe.
  • by Catus Location: Strabane on Nov 1, 2009 at 02:24 PM
    She will "work with the farmers", sounds like she intends to screw them out of their money.
  • by LAP Location: Goldsboro on Nov 1, 2009 at 01:41 PM
    The Faircloth's should have to sell everything necessary, to pay these hard working farmers. They are taking advantage of their political connections to cheat the farmers.

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