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Awards Duplin County’s Bennie Barwick Named Environmental Steward Winner T he NC Pork Council recognized a Duplin County farmer for his operation’s outstanding environmental practices with its Environmental Steward Award during the annual Awards Breakfast held in Raleigh. Bennie Barwick of Warsaw was honored in recognition of the efforts made at the BW Barwick Sow Farm. This is a 3,400-sow, farrow-to-wean farm. It has been under contract with Murphy-Brown LLC for 20 years producing commercial wean pigs. The farm has 12 full-time employees that work under farm manager Leticia Herring and Barwick, who was nominated for the award by Kraig Westerbeek. BW Barwick Farm uses most of the available protective technologies, and there has never been an environmental violation issued to the farm. It utilizes a single-cell anaerobic treatment lagoon to treat and store manure prior to land application. The treated manure is ultimately used as a fertilizer source for 115 acres of coastal Bermuda grass. The Bermuda is grazed and cut for hay to ensure the efficient and effective removal of nutrients from the land application fields. Water usage is constantly monitored by farm employees. The farm uses timers on trough waterers and misters in the sow barns and uses swinging waterers in the finishing barns to ensure that water is conserved on a continuous basis. While air quality has not been a problem for the Barwick farm, various practices are used to reduce odors: Feed spills are cleaned immediately and feed tank pads are swept weekly; barns are naturally vented which reduces potential odor plumes; the farm and land application fields are naturally buffered with trees and trash and debris are roved from the e lagoon and grounds weekly. Used on the Barwick farm m is a continuous grass system m which works to minimize erorosion. Also, the rotational grazing ing practices for the 48 brood cows ows pastured at the farm reduce cattle attle trafficking concerns and minimize mize soil loss. Buffers are maintained ained around fields to capture any soil eroil sion and are only mowed once annually. These buffers provide habitat to bitat the indigenous wildlife in the area, he such as the wild turkey and deer that eer are abundant on the property. y. The BW Barwick Sow Farm is a arm visible part of the community and nity is an active member of the Goshen/ Nahunga Swamp watershed protection group. This group of farmers monitors the condition of the surface waters in this watershed, and they meet regularly to discuss how to maintain and improve its overall health. The NCPC Environmental Steward Award is in place to annually recognize a NC pork producer who excels in onfarm environmental stewardship. The NCPC Environmental Stewards program is similar to a national program; both the state and national programs focus on manure management, soil conservation, water conservation, wildlife habitat, air quality and public relations. The awards program also allows industry leaders to promote environmental excellence among all pork producers and to make the public and lawmakers aware of the proactive measures that producers are already making to protect the environment. BW Barwick Farm uses most of the available protective technologies, and there has never been an environmental violation issued to the farm. S p r i n g 2 0 1 3 • N C P o r k R epor t 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Spring 2013

Message from the President
Industry News
2013 Livestock Legislative Day on April 30
Introducing the 2013 Board of Directors
Pork Producers and Industry Reps Gather for 2013 Pork Conference
Norman C. Denning Enters NCPC Hall of Fame
Channing Gooden Named Pork All-American
2013 Outstanding Pork Producer is Stephen Williamson
Duplin County’s Bennie Barwick Named Environmental Steward Winner
Bo Stone Wins Faces of Farming & Ranching National Spokesperson Search
Another Successful Bacon Bash!
2nd Annual Flying Pig Challenge Sporting Clays Tournament is April 19
2013 Student Internship Program
2013 North Carolina Pork Council Scholarship

NC Pork Report - Spring 2013