Pig Farmer Fined for Wastewater Violations; Bulls To Bolster SC Herds

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality has fined the owner of a Jones County swine farm $64,072 after the state agency’s investigation revealed the farm owner illegally discharged nearly 1 million gallons of wastewater from a hog waste lagoon on the farm into a nearby wooded area.
DEQ officials cited Douglas L. Lanier with multiple violations of his farm’s general permit, including a condition not to discharge wastewater from hog waste lagoons into surface water. Lanier has 30 days to respond to DEQ’s fine assessment document by paying the fine, filling an appeal, or requesting a reduction of the penalty amount.

It’s still dry in parts of North Carolina despite recent rains, especially the central portion of the state. Cory Davis is a state climatologist and tells sfntoday.com one to three inches of rain is possible over the the next seven days in North Carolina.


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Last year was a record year for South Carolina cotton farmers and 2018 could be even better if the markets and weather hold out and pests remain at bay.
Clemson Extension economist and professor Nathan Smith…

It’s among the few college tests in which those who pass are immediately hired as sires.

The Clemson University Bull Test graduated its 42nd annual class of bovines in an auction attended by nearly 300 people Feb. 3 at the T. Ed Garrison cattle complex. The Clemson Extension Service holds the test to help cattle producers identify superior genetics in bulls that will help improve the next generation of cattle in South Carolina’s beef business. The bulls were consigned by cattle producers from across the Carolinas and Georgia and typically gained 500 pounds in the test. More than 50 bulls were sold for a total of $169,850 and immediately went to work improving the genetics of South Carolina cattle herds.