… These attacks have been planned, organized, and executed by well-trained out-of-state lawyers. They are very skilled in seducing otherwise good people into bearing false witness against their neighbors…
Anti-farmer attacks and diminished concern about food sources
Jimmy Dixon, Duplin Times (NC)
Jan 5, 2022
Dixon is the District 4 Representative in the N.C. House of Representatives
Perhaps some of your post-Christmas conversations have been similar to mine. Approaching a friend we ask, how was your Christmas? A typical response includes something like this; we had a really good Christmas but I ate too much food.
This, of course, would be a good introduction for discussing the efficacy of making or breaking New Year’s resolutions. However, that isn’t what I have in mind for this article.
There is a trend across our state and nation of diminished concern about where our food actually comes from or how it is produced. On this issue there is more than the preverbal rural/urban divide.
There have been, for more than a decade, sinister attacks on our farming communities — especially against our hard working family hog farmers.
These attacks have been planned, organized, and executed by well-trained out-of-state lawyers. They are very skilled in seducing otherwise good people into bearing false witness against their neighbors.
The epicenter for those attacks has been Duplin County. The lawyers found a few not so good people who were willing to help recruit others to join their scheme as plaintiffs in a series of lawsuits.
The really hurtful thing is that many good people in Duplin County did nothing to discourage the folks who were recruited to exaggerate, grossly embellish, and actually lie about conditions on some family hog farms.
A grossly unfair factor in these lawsuits was that farmers like Joey Carter were not judged by a jury of their peers. These slick lawyers required local family farmers to be judged in Raleigh by urban jurors which is intrinsically unfair — but it was never-the-less legal.
That round of lawsuits is now history since the integrator decided to settle with about 490 plaintiffs in those unfounded cases. Would you like to guess whether the plaintiffs or the lawyers got the most money? Well, because of the secrecy of the settlement we will never know. But, I think your guess is the same as mine!
For the last decade the Republican Majority in the General Assembly has worked very hard for agriculture in general and especially hard for livestock farmers. Much of those efforts have been to defend and improve our Right to Farm Laws in North Carolina.
Two of the important bills passed were House Bill 467 and Senate Bill 711...