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Touch the Soil News #543 The Waterkeeper Alliance in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group just finished its review of Hurricane Matthew’s rampage through North Carolina’s coastal plain last month. The massive rains flooded more than 140 feces-strewn swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with hog waste and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields. The storm killed an estimate 5 million chickens and turkeys and thousands of hogs. Hurricane Matthews’ floodwaters surge through a chicken CAFO, carrying pathogens and other pollutants downstream and ultimately into the ocean (photo courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance). The review of the risks associated with having CAFOs (confinement animal feeding operations)…

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Was the Farmer Right in the First Place – Battle of the Animal Drugs

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Touch the Soil News #207 A number of years ago, as an agricultural credit officer for one of the nation’s largest agricultural banks; I opened my mouth and got told off by a dairy farmer. As part of my duties, I spent time visiting farming enterprises that had “promise” in becoming a customer of the bank. This time I was visiting with a dairy farmer who banked with another bank. He was successful and had a 2,500-cow dairy close to a large population center. At the time, I had a burning question about why the heavy use of antibiotics in dairy and meat animals. For a little background, many dairies…

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