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North Carolina Flooding Kills Thousands of Livestock

Estimates are that flooding has killed tens of thousands of livestock in North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew. Governor Pat Mcrory said officials would work to clean up the carcasses as fast as possible to avoid freshwater contamination and a potential public health threat. A Washington Post article says the state is trying to avoid a similar problem it experienced back in 1999 when thousands of dead hogs and chickens floated for days in the floodwaters from Hurricane Floyd. The Governor added that a “lot of animals have died, in the thousands.” Matthew Starr of the Waterkeeper Alliance said photos show floodwaters up to the roofs of barns and, in his words, “the flooding is quite terrible.” Brian Long of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture said they have not received any reports of waste lagoons breached by floodwater, but it is a huge concern. It’s not just bad news for livestock farmers. Crop farmers lost millions of dollars in crops for the second year in a row. Ten straight days of rains in 2015 ruined the harvest in eastern North Carolina. 


Hurricane Matthew Hotline for Affected Farmers

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture has set up a free hotline to help farmers affected by the devastation from Hurricane Matthew. A National Hog Farmer report says the toll-free hotline is intended to help farmers connect with resources to help them recover from the Hurricane. Meatingplace says the number is 866-645-9403. Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler said they expect the impacts to include, “Power outages, damage to crop and livestock buildings, and animal health emergencies.” Parts of North Carolina were already wet from heavy rains earlier in September with excess soil moisture even before Matthew struck the state. Crops like soybeans, cotton, peanuts, and sweet potatoes were still in the field. State officials will be assessing the damage when it becomes safe to do so.


Largest Hog Processor to Reopen Thursday

The plant’s electric supplier said Smithfield Foods Inc. hopes to reopen its Tar Heel, North Carolina facility on Thursday. The plant is the largest hog processing facility in the world. This will hinge entirely on whether or not employees can make it into work safely. It will also depend on whether or not farmers can deliver hogs as well. Hurricane-related disruptions are still causing problems in the pork industry. Through Tuesday of this week, hog slaughter is 101,000 head behind last week’s numbers. Kill numbers are also 52,000 behind last year. Buying interest outside of corrective trade in the industry probably won’t pick up until the supply backlog is worked through.


Brazil Poultry Producers Are Potential U.S. Corn Buyers

Northeast Brazil poultry producers will not be buying any U.S. corn in the short term as they have most of what they need booked. This is in spite of the government’s decision to allow some genetically modified corn shipments from the U.S. into the country. Many producers already had deals in place to ship corn from Argentina even though freight costs to ship corn from the U.S. Gulf Coast are less than bringing it in from Argentina. Brazil officials haven’t ruled out shipments coming in from the U.S. Some of the trade talk says Argentina can only supply Brazil with corn through February of 2017. 15 total shipments are booked to come into Brazil, but officials say another 12 shipments may be needed before Brazil begins harvesting its own crop.


RFA Fishing Sponsorship Will Promote Ethanol

The Renewable Fuels Association is getting into the outdoors, announcing it will be a co-sponsor of the Crappie (Crop-ee) Masters Tournament Trail with Bass Pro Shops. The goal of the sponsorship will be to educate boaters and outdoors enthusiasts about the benefits of ethanol and its uses in boats and other marine applications. The RFA said it is pleased to co-sponsor the Crappie Masters with Bass Pro Shops, saying it gives them an opportunity to spread the word about ethanol’s benefits to boaters. “There’s been a lot of misinformation perpetuated by biofuels opponents regarding boating and ethanol,” said RFA V.P. of Industry Relations, Robert White.  “For the past 30 years, 10 percent ethanol has been used in all types of marine engines and the blend is approved by all major manufacturers.” Bass Pro Shops Crappiemasters Owner and President Brian Sowers said, “We aim to dispel myths and educate the public regarding the safe use of E10 in outboard engines.”

SOURCE: NAFB News Service