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Pictured left to right: Gaye Crowther, Jim Lynch, Rep. Virginia Foxx and
Andy Curliss.
operations. If the nuisance is permanent
(such as an airport, a rock quarry, etc.),
plaintiffs can collect compensatory damages up to the fair market value of their
property. If the nuisance is considered
temporary, damages are limited to the
loss of the fair rental value of the property caused by the nuisance.
"This bill provides important protections from outrageous settlements sought
by greedy lawyers against farmers in nuisance cases," said Don Butler, director of
Corporate Affairs for Smithfield. "The bill
does not limit anyone's ability to bring a
nuisance case nor does it change anyone's
ability to bring other types of claims."
The legislation simply clarified what
the compensatory damages can be in
nuisance lawsuits against farms. The
law does not limit punitive damages and
does not prevent anyone from pursuing
other legal actions against a farm, such as
personal injury, trespassing, negligence
or environmental damage claims.
Representative Jimmy Dixon was the
leading sponsor in the House, where the
legislation passed in a 68-47 bipartisan
vote initially and on an override vote
margin of 74-40, also bipartisan. Other
bill sponsors included Representatives
John Bell, David Lewis and Ted Davis.
In the Senate, Senator Brent Jackson
was the main champion of the bill. It
passed the Senate on a 30-19 vote initially
and by a 30-18 margin on the override.

NCPC Board Member and NPPC Vice President David Herring
(left) and Rep. David Rouzer (right) talk about pressing issues.

CEO, BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBERS
MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS
In April, N.C. Pork Council CEO Andy
Curliss and three board members went
to Washington, D.C., for the National Pork
Producers Council's Spring Legislative
Action Conference. Curliss was joined
by NPPC Vice-President David Herring
of Lillington, Gaye Crowther of Tabor
City and Jim Lynch of Goldsboro. In all,
about 125 pork producers from 19 states
attended the event.
The N.C. board members met with
Representatives Virginia Foxx, Richard
Hudson, David Rouzer and David Price.
They also met with top staff members
of Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis
and Representatives Robert Pittenger,
Ted Budd and Patrick McHenry.
Pork producers lobbied congressional lawmakers on a variety of

In all, the bill passed five separate
committees, including the Judiciary III,
Committee on Rules and Operations
of the Senate, and the Agriculture,
Environment and Natural Resources
Committee, before passing both chambers of the legislature.
"The N.C. Pork Council was proud to
lead the fight to secure these important and significant protections for our

issues, including the importance of
establishing a free trade agreement
with Japan and maintaining the North
American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) for pork exported to Mexico
and Canada. They also urged members
of Congress to support establishing
a Foot-and-Mouth Disease vaccine
bank, repealing a U.S. Department of
Agriculture regulation - the so-called
GIPSA rule - that would restrict the
buying and selling of livestock, and
reforming the immigration system to
ensure the industry has access to a
stable workforce.
The North Carolina contingent also
attended the much-anticipated congressional reception, the Congressional
Bacon Fest.

growers and producers," Curliss said.
"This legislation is vital to the future of
what we do. We are pleased that lawmakers saw through an onslaught of
false claims and information to support
making these clarifications to the law."
The effort to secure passage required
direct lobbying, social media efforts,
and a significant show of support from
many groups, including Smithfield

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NC Pork Report - Summer 2017

Letter From the President
Industry News
Legislative Update
Living the “barbecue Life”
Fulfilling the American Dream
A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Intro
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover1
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover2
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 3
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 4
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 5
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Letter From the President
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 7
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Industry News
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 9
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 10
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 11
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Legislative Update
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 13
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 14
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 15
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Living the “barbecue Life”
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 17
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 18
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 19
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 20
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 21
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Fulfilling the American Dream
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 23
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 24
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 25
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 26
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - A Family’s Legacy: Nahunta Pork Center
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NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - Advertiser Index
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - 30
NC Pork Report - Summer 2017 - cover3
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