North Carolina’s pork industry is reporting no significant impact from Hurricane Dorian, which made landfall in the state this morning.
Surveying by the North Carolina Pork Council indicates some scattered farm-level power outages across the state's 2,000 farms. On-farm generators are operating with ample fuel supplies. Wind damage has been minimal. Livestock and feed movements are beginning to occur in multiple locations.
Farm anaerobic treatment lagoons, which are used for manure management in protection of the environment, have been well-managed throughout the summer growing season. Rainfall amounts from the hurricane have not negatively impacted treatment lagoons.
Forecasts indicate potential flooding in eastern North Carolina, but it is not expected to cause impacts to pig farms. More than 300 lagoons have been removed from flood-prone areas in the past two decades.
As many of North Carolina's farmers today are serving with volunteer fire departments as first responders, NCPC says it is thankful for their service to communities and the council's concerns remain with others from North Carolina, and beyond, affected by the severe storm.
NCPC is also continuing to request – and urge – caution from media outlets and the public about claims regarding the state's pork industry. Extreme activist groups with anti-livestock agendas continue to spread falsehoods about North Carolina farms.
Further background information on preparations can be found here.