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Future Of Hog Lagoon Waste Management Focus Of Study

Posted July 26, 2004 8:10 a.m. EDT

— Hog lagoons could soon be brought into the future.

Monday afternoon, North Carolina State University will release a report on technologies that could replace outdated waste management systems.

Four years ago, state lawmakers asked researchers to find an affordable and environmentally-friendly waste system to replace hog lagoons.

Among the anticipated suggestions are doing away with the current lagoon-sprayfield system. The report will also offer suggestions on how to eliminate pollution and odor.

For years, hog farmers have put waste in open lagoons. The manure then is spread on fields as fertilizer. The odor and concerns about pollution have become increasing problems in some communities.

The $17.3 million effort to identify and evaluate alternative swine waste management technologies effort was funded by pork producers Smithfield Foods and Premium Standard Farms under agreements the two companies reached with the North Carolina Attorney General in 2000.