New NC Law Regarding Metal Theft Has “Teeth”

North Carolina's Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler says that new legislation out of the General Assembly earlier this summer will deter metal thefts, even those on farms. 

The commissioner explains that irrigation systems are the biggest find for thieves, what with the aluminum parts plus copper wiring.  Rural electrical cooperatives were also greatful to see the bill; substations have also been targeted. 

Some examples of items covered by the law; copper wire, copper-clad steel wire, copper pipe, copper bars, aluminum other than aluminum cans, and products that are a mixture of aluminum and copper.  Other items covered by the law include catalytic converters, lead-acid batteries, and even stainless steel beer kegs. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.