NC News Briefs for Friday April 20

Nearly $5 million has been secured from state and federal sources for a fifth round of voluntary buyouts of swine farms located in the 100-year floodplain. The N.C. Pork Council says the funding will be used to close lagoons and acquire voluntary conservation easements that allow the farmer to retain farm ownership.

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Legislation sponsored by House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to legalize hemp as an agricultural product is getting fast-tracked through the Senate.

The Hill reports the procedural move allows it to skip over the committee process, paving the way for the legislation to be brought up on the Senate floor. However there is no time frame set. North Carolina and South Carolina are among a number of statesĀ  conducting pilot programs to grow hemp.

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The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is asking homeowners not to run bats out of their house before the end of July.

The commission says between May and June, female bats are raising their young and the bat pups need their mothers to survive. If homeowners seal holes or use devices to get rid of the bats, the young bats will starve.