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Federal shutdown prompts judge to freeze hog nuisance trials

The partial government shutdown is prompting the postponement of a trial by a federal judge managing lawsuits accusing the world's largest pork company of creating nuisances for rural North Carolina neighbors.

Jury rules again Smithfield Foods hogs nuisance to neighbors

A federal jury is again siding with neighbors who complained that a Smithfield Foods industrial-scale hog operation in North Carolina was such a nuisance it damaged how they lived their lives.

New joint venture formed to convert pig poop to power

The world's largest pork company is teaming up with a major energy company to turn pig manure into renewable natural gas.

Local food bank gets hearty donation

Smithfield Foods and Food Lion made a hearty donation of fresh vegetables and meat to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Friday morning. 

Smithfield employee accused of urinating on production line

A Smithfield Foods employee is accused of urinating on the production line.

Man dies on the job at Smithfield plant in Tar Heel

A mechanic at the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel died in a workplace accident on Tuesday.

Court: Schools may be due hog giant’s environmental payments

North Carolina judges are setting up a court battle to decide whether the world's largest pork producer will keep paying for environmental projects as it promised 18 years ago or if the millions should go to public schools instead.

Smithfield Foods donates $100K to the local food bank

Smithfield Foods donated $100,000 to the Wilmington branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, which serves over 70,000 people.

Lawsuits against pork giant delayed

Several lawsuits against the world's largest pork producer are on pause.

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