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US Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Services: Statistics of Cattle, Hogs and Sheep (pdf)
This website provides information on inventories, production, disposition, prices, income for animals, livestock slaughter, meat production and market statistics for meat animals. The statistics allow North Carolina's hog farming industry to be placed in comparative perspective as data is broken down by states within the United States.
NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services: Agricultural Statistics Division.
There is detailed information on North Carolina's hog industry with county-specific statistics.
North Carolina State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Waste Management Programs
A comprehensive website detailing the Smithfield Agreement and the new technologies being developed to combat environmental problems resulting from swine waste.
North Carolina Pork Council
North Carolina Pork Council is an industry association for those associated with the hog farming industry in the state.
The website is Environmental Defense's central source for information and action on industrial hog farming in North Carolina.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Carolina Health and Environment Community Center, "Whole Hog"
Whole Hog is an on-line educational resource designed to help teachers and students explore the environmental, health, social, political and economic impacts of North Carolina's hog industry.
Books & Articles
Avery, Alex. 2003.
"North Carolina Hog Farming & Water Quality: Time Series Analysis Fails to Reveal Significant Impact." (pdf) The 24-page report is available on the Web site of the Hudson Institute's Center for Global Food Issues (accessed on December 30, 2004). Charleston, Donnie. 2004
"Feeding the Hog Industry in North Carolina: Agri-Industrial Restructuring in Hog Farming and Its Implications for the US Periphery." Sociation Today. 2(1). (accessed on December 30, 2004). Edwards, Bob and Anthony Ladd. 2000. "Environmental Justice, Swine Production and Farm Loss in North Carolina."
Sociological Spectrum 20: 263-90. Lee, Weisbecker. 2004. "Hog Growers Raise Cash to Skirt Contracts."
Triangle Business Journal, November 19. Stith, Pat, Joby Warrick and Melanie Sill. 1995.
5-part Pulitzer Prize winning series on the evolution of North Carolina's hog industry. News and Observer. February 19, 21, 22, 24 and 26. All articles can be accessed from the Pulitzer Prize website. (accessed December 30, 2004)