RALEIGH, N.C. — The Environmental Defense Fund recently announced a collaboration with Smithfield Foods and its livestock production subsidiary, Murphy-Brown LLC, that will help farmers optimize fertilizer application to grain grown for animal feed.
By working with farmers and engaging all points along the food supply chain, the organizations hope to significantly reduce fertilizer runoff, safeguard the environment and ensure farm productivity.
Fertilizer application. Smithfield and Murphy-Brown believe that this project will demonstrate how innovative fertilizer application practices will benefit farmers while providing additional environmental protection.
The company, which raises hogs in North Carolina, says the goal is to have 75 percent of its Southeast grain-sourcing acres participate by 2018.
The program will roll out in North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina this year.
It will expand to grain Smithfield buys from Midwest farmers in 2015.
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