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Ag News Roundup - August 6, 2018

Smithfield Foods ordered to pay $473.5M for pig stench (CBS News)
The latest ruling against hog production in North Carolina said Smithfield Foods should pay $473.5 million to neighbors of three hog farms.


Nuisance lawsuits now threaten all farmers (Southeast Farm Press)
Representatives of the ag industry from across the Southeast, along with AFBF President Zippy Duvall, took part in a roundtable discussion on the threat to agriculture posed by nuisance lawsuit.


Farm Bureau’s Duvall Addresses National Roundtable on Lawsuit Abuse Targeting North Carolina Farms (AFBF)
“This is pitting neighbor against neighbor and community against community,” said Duvall. “We need to let our farmers and ranchers do what they do best, and that is feeding the world. They will not be a nuisance. They deserve a fair shot. They deserve to grow and succeed,” he said.


Why tariffs and a trade war could loom large in Georgia elections (AJC)
President Trump’s ongoing trade treats could be major factor in Georgia’s midterm elections.


Ga. Pecan Growers Brace For Lower Profits With Chinese Tariffs (WABE Radio)
As the nation’s top pecan-producing state, Georgia’s pecan growers expect to see major profit decreases as a result of China’s nearly 47% tariff on U.S. pecans.


Which Vision Of Farming Is Better For The Planet? (GPB News)
Farmers who wish to minimize their carbon footprint have traditionally held two philosophies, says David Williams, the lead author of a paper published last week in the journal Current Biology.


Heavy rain may be ruining this year's cantaloupe crop (WALB-TV)
One produce stand owner said he went from selling 100 cantaloupes a day to not selling a single one. He said it's because of all the recent rain.


Dairy farmers applaud Senate stopping dairy label amendment (Ag Daily)
Midwest dairy farmers applauded the U.S. Senate’s defeat this week of an attempt to protect non-dairy food products that use a dairy label.


Feral hogs cause up to $2.5 billion in damage a year, so the government is boosting efforts to fight them (CNBC)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates feral swine costs about $1.5 billion in damage annually, although experts at the University of Georgia suggest the cost maybe closer to between $2 billion to $2.5 billion.


Study: Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South (Reuters)
The lizards in Florida devour the eggs of American alligators and ground-nesting birds, wildlife officials said. The reptiles also have a taste for insects, fruit and birds.