A North Carolina pork producer has received the fourth largest fine ever levied ever by the state against a hog farmer – $43,300 – for a variety of manure management problems.

The issue involved three farms, two of which are in Pender County, located in the southeast corner of the state. The other is in adjoining Duplin County. The owner, Allen Raynor, was a Murphy contract producer. He has sold all three farms.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Water Quality Division inspectors found a large number of violations last year on Raynor’s farms: (1) Manure leaking from cracks in foundations of hog buildings and flowing into a tributary of the North East Cape Fear River. (2) Failure to maintain at least 19 inches of lagoon freeboard (as state regulations require.) In one instance, the lagoon level was nearly spilling over the dike. (3) Manure discharge from a catch basin and a lift station. (4) Failure to maintain required vegetative cover on land used for lagoon-waste-water application. (5) Runoff from a spray field. (6) Failure to maintain accurate records of waste-water applications.

Also announced last week was another substantial state environmental fine, $16,894, against GIS of North Carolina. It was for lagoon discharges from its Genesis I Farm in Pitt County in east central North Carolina. GIS agreed to depopulate the farm. The genetics company now has the farm up for sale.