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dc.contributor.author Karan, Ashlyn
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-30T12:17:22Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-30T12:17:22Z
dc.date.issued 2011-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/5373
dc.description Honors thesis en_US
dc.description.abstract It has been documented that pollution from North Carolina hog waste lagoons contaminates drinking water, lowers air quality, and devastates North Carolina’s commercial and recreational fishing and tourist industries. The North Carolina state legislature has offered swine farmers a 90% cost-share grant to convert their lagoons to “Environmentally Superior Technologies (EST),” yet only 11 of 2,200 farms have applied for the cost-share program. This paper sheds light on why hog farmers are not converting their lagoons to EST, finding that the biggest barriers to the adoption of EST are cost and complex operation requirements. Background information, literature, and interviews with North Carolina swine farmers are used to develop a survey that can be applied on a larger scale to gain a deeper understanding of the potential for and pitfalls of retrofitting hog farms in North Carolina. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject swine en_US
dc.subject pig en_US
dc.subject lagoon en_US
dc.subject environmentally superior technology en_US
dc.subject North Carolina en_US
dc.title Pigs, Profit, Planet: North Carolina Farmers’ Perspectives on Waste Lagoon Conversion en_US
dc.department Public Policy Studies en_US

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