Resolution aimed at protecting Brunswick Co. farmers from 'nuisance lawsuits' approved

Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 10:03 PM EDT
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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Brunswick County's Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution Monday to support the county's farmers.

Similar to what the Pender County board did late last month, Brunswick commissioners approved a resolution in support of the North Carolina Farm Act of 2018.

The resolution aims to, among other things, protect farmers from "frivolous nuisance lawsuits (that) are threatening the very existence of farming in North Carolina."

In Pender County, commissioners voiced their support for hog farmers who are subject to ongoing so-called nuisance lawsuits over the odor and noise coming from hog farms.

On Friday, a federal jury ordered Smithfield Foods to pay $473.5 million to 16 neighbors of three industrial-scale hog farms.

Read the NC Farm Act of 2018 in the PDF below.

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