Frequently Asked Questions

 Q: When was NC Farm Families established?

A: NC Farm Families was established in 2015 to provide a voice for North Carolina’s family farmers. Read more about our organization here.

Q: Why was NC Farm Families created?

A: NC Farm Families was created in response to unfair attacks being made against North Carolina hog farmers by the Waterkeeper Alliance and other activist groups that oppose our industry. Our goal is to speak up for our family farmers and protect them by setting the record straight. Read more about our organization here.

Q: How can I become a member of NC Farm Families?

A: NC Farm Families isn’t based on a membership. Rather, we are a big family who want to support farmers. If you want to get involved, sign-up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@NCFarmFamilies).

Q: Is NC Farm Families a non-profit?

Yes. NC Farm Families is classified as a 501(c)(6) organization. Contributions made to NC Farm Families may be tax-deductible as a business expense.

Q: How is NC Farm Families funded?

A: We are funded through the generous contributions of our friends and sponsors. If you are interested in contributing or become a sponsor click here to learn more!

Q: How many NC hog farms are family owned and operated?

A: Over 80% are family-owned and operated!

Q: How do the lawsuits against Smithfield Foods affect farm families?

A: The lawsuits have taken an emotional and tangible impact on our farm families. Some farmers have been forced out of business. Others are fearful for their livelihoods and ways of life. Farmers are concerned that they may be targeted next even though they carefully follow the state’s rules and regulations.

Q: How do farmers protect the environment?

A: One of a farmer’s main priorities is to protect our land and water for current and future generations. Our farmers use sustainable practices backed by science and follow many stringent rules and regulations that protect our environment. We are committed to being good stewards of the environment because our farmers and families live here, too.

Q: Are lagoons and spray fields antiquated?

A: No. This system, designed by university researchers and heavily regulated by the state, is still the most sustainable option for our farmers. However, we continue to invest in new ways to improve our waste management systems. Many research projects take place every year to explore effective and affordable alternatives.

Q: Do farmers mistreat their pigs?

A: Absolutely not! Caring for their animals is a farmer’s top priority. They work with veterinarians and researchers to provide the best possible care for their pigs.

Q: Why aren’t farmers transparent? What are they hiding?

A: Farmers aren’t trying to hide anything. Where you see a “No Trespassing” sign at a farm or wonder why we keep pigs indoors, you should know these measures are designed to help farmers protect pigs from potential disease, predators, and other harm. Farmers want you to know about farming. That’s why we have farm tours and highlight farms. If you want to see how a farm really operates, follow Real Pig Farming.

Q: Is NC Farm Families a barnyard group?

A: We respect and support the hard work and dedication of all North Carolina family farmers, but our organization is primarily focused on supporting hog farmers.