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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,SUN STAFF | January 1, 1999
EVEN AS MARYLAND makes long-overdue headway reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution from poultry manure, its upstream neighbor, Pennsylvania, threatens to offset it by inviting a huge buildup of factory hog farms.Pennsylvania's governor, Tom Ridge, has traveled as far as Asia to solicit investment in large, and largely unregulated, corporate pig factories.This at a time when his state is failing to meet goals for reducing bay pollution from existing agricultural operations.To meet goals of reducing by 40 percent the polluting nitrogen flowing to the bay from its Susquehanna and Potomac River drainages, Pennsylvania banked on a 1993 law. That law required that 4,178 farms have pollution-reduction plans by 1998.
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Tim Wheeler | September 16, 2013
Living by a hog farm or near crop fields fertilized with the animals' manure can raise your risk of getting a drug-resistant infection, a new study finds. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found a link in Pennsylvania between intensive hog farming and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. In poring over medical records of more than 446,000 Pennsylvanians in the Geisinger Health System , the researchers found 3,000 patients with MRSA and 50,000 with skin and soft-tissue infections from 2005 through 2010.  Of the MRSA cases, 1,539 were community-acquired and 1,335 deemed hospital-acquired.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1999
Concerned over reports that a large hog farm is being built near a wealthy subdivision northwest of Westminster, the chair of Carroll County's Environmental Affairs Advisory Board said yesterday that the group may schedule a meeting to debate the issue.Kevin E. Dayhoff, a landscape designer who heads the advisory board, said he plans to poll its seven members this week on the need for an extra meeting.The group declined yesterday to address the issue because both sides were not represented at a two-hour meeting.
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By Tom Pelton and Tom Pelton,Sun reporter | December 18, 2007
DELTA, Pa. -- Mark and Diane Thomas were accustomed to farm life when they moved from Maryland into a charming 1830s log home on 19 acres. But in the two years since then - as Diane suffered headaches and a persistent skin infection and her husband and two children struggled with diarrhea and other digestive problems - they began to suspect that their health problems were caused by the hog farm next door. And they grew further alarmed when the farm announced plans this year to expand from 450 pigs to 4,400.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1999
Concerned about potential environmental hazards, stench and increased truck traffic, a group of Westminster homeowners has asked the Carroll County commissioners to place a moratorium on hog farms with more than 250 animals. Residents of Willowbrook, near a proposed 2,000-hog farm on Indian Valley Trail northwest of the city, mailed a two-page letter to the commissioners yesterday. Copies were sent to state and county environmental officials and politicians, including U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Gov. Parris N. Glendening and state Sen. Larry E. Haines.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | March 9, 1999
Concerned about potential environmental hazards, stench and increased truck traffic, a group of Westminster homeowners has asked the Carroll County commissioners to place a moratorium on hog farms with more than 250 animals. Residents of Willowbrook, near a proposed 2,000-hog farm on Indian Valley Trail northwest of the city, mailed a two-page letter to the commissioners yesterday. Copies were sent to state and county environmental officials and politicians, including U.S. Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Gov. Parris N. Glendening and state Sen. Larry E. Haines.
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By Heather Dewar and Heather Dewar,SUN STAFF | February 3, 1999
ROCKY RIDGE -- They love their farms in Frederick County, but they don't love being downwind and downstream from the largest hog-raising operation in Maryland.Since a local man set up a feedlot for 4,000 hogs -- without local scrutiny or state oversight -- Frederick County residents and officials have declared war on what opponents deride as "factory farms."The county is poised to become the first in Maryland to ban large hog feedlots, ones that operate like factory production lines and have caused serious pollution and odor problems in the Carolinas and the Midwest.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2000
FREDERICK - Two years after a Rocky Ridge farmer set up a feed lot for 4,000 hogs without local or state scrutiny, the Frederick County commissioners adopted yesterday the first local hog farm regulations in Maryland. Commissioners and some county residents called the measure aimed at large-scale operations an effort to protect public health and safety. But many farmers in this fast-growing county say they fear it is the first step toward regulating them out of business. "If you can single out hog farms, what's next?"
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF | February 25, 1999
Concerned over reports that a large hog farm is being built near a wealthy subdivision northwest of Westminster, the chair of Carroll County's Environmental Affairs Advisory Board said yesterday that the group may schedule a meeting to debate the issue.Kevin E. Dayhoff, a landscape designer who heads the advisory board, said he plans to poll its seven members this week on the need for an extra meeting.The group declined yesterday to address the issue because both sides were not represented at a two-hour meeting.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2001
A pipe carrying manure broke last month at a large hog farm operation northwest of Westminster, spilling waste into a stream near Carroll County Regional Airport. The unnamed stream, which flows into Bear Branch and eventually into the Monocacy River, has been declared safe by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), which issued a warning, but no fine, to farm owner Roland H. Mann Jr. on Jan. 17. A prolonged cold spell probably caused the pipe to freeze and break, said Rich McIntyre, department spokesman.
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By BLOOMBERG NEWS | September 5, 2002
SPRINGDALE, Ark. - Tyson Foods Inc. said yesterday that it expects its profit in the current quarter to fall as much as 41 percent as the world's largest meat producer spends money to close hog farms and discontinue a brand it bought last year. Profit for the quarter that will end Sept. 28 will range from 13 cents to 15 cents a share, Tyson said in a news release. That would be 22 cents less than in the year-earlier period. Tyson, Smithfield Foods Inc., Hormel Foods Inc. and other meat companies have been hurt by a drought in the United States that has raised prices for grain-based animal feed and by a Russian ban on U.S. poultry imports imposed in March because of food-safety concerns.
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By Tom Avril and Tom Avril,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | April 7, 2002
NEEDMORE, Pa. - Hickory Lane Farms is a small city of pigs. About 3,400 grunting animals live in two giant barns, separated into 14-foot-square pens, 25 animals in each. An electric timer delivers scientifically formulated grain from overhead plastic pipes at regular intervals. Automatic "nipple feeders" let pigs drink when they want. Their manure falls - or is tramped - through slits in the concrete floor into giant, concrete-lined "lagoons" beneath the barns. "It's so automatic, there isn't much I need to do," said Hickory Lane's owner, Ricky Leese, 53, here in Pennsylvania's Belfast Township, where there are 10 pigs for every person.
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April 25, 2001
In Frederick County Brunswick records studied for evidence of corruption BRUNSWICK - State police examined Brunswick City Hall records yesterday for evidence of financial mismanagement after a recent audit revealed accounting discrepancies. About $30,000 appears to be missing, Frederick County State's Attorney Scott Rolle said. He said the investigation could lead to charges against a city employee but declined to discuss details of the probe. City offices were closed Monday while police gathered evidence.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | February 9, 2001
A pipe carrying manure broke last month at a large hog farm operation northwest of Westminster, spilling waste into a stream near Carroll County Regional Airport. The unnamed stream, which flows into Bear Branch and eventually into the Monocacy River, has been declared safe by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), which issued a warning, but no fine, to farm owner Roland H. Mann Jr. on Jan. 17. A prolonged cold spell probably caused the pipe to freeze and break, said Rich McIntyre, department spokesman.
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2000
FREDERICK - Two years after a Rocky Ridge farmer set up a feed lot for 4,000 hogs without local or state scrutiny, the Frederick County commissioners adopted yesterday the first local hog farm regulations in Maryland. Commissioners and some county residents called the measure aimed at large-scale operations an effort to protect public health and safety. But many farmers in this fast-growing county say they fear it is the first step toward regulating them out of business. "If you can single out hog farms, what's next?"
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | May 12, 2000
The Frederick County commissioners gave preliminary approval yesterday to the first local hog farm regulations in Maryland and ordered a public hearing on them. The proposal, which would establish strict requirements keeping large feedlot operations well away from residential areas, is likely to be approved by the end of July and take effect Sept. 25, the date a moratorium on new hog farms expires. Environmentalists say runoff from hog farms has polluted waterways with waste and that factory farming methods have driven small family farms out of business.
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By Tom Horton and SUN STAFF | January 1, 1999
EVEN AS MARYLAND makes long-overdue headway reducing Chesapeake Bay pollution from poultry manure, its upstream neighbor, Pennsylvania, threatens to offset it by inviting a huge buildup of factory hog farms.Pennsylvania's governor, Tom Ridge, has traveled as far as Asia to solicit investment in large, and largely unregulated, corporate pig factories.This at a time when his state is failing to meet goals for reducing bay pollution from existing agricultural operations.To meet goals of reducing by 40 percent the polluting nitrogen flowing to the bay from its Susquehanna and Potomac River drainages, Pennsylvania banked on a 1993 law. That law required that 4,178 farms have pollution-reduction plans by 1998.
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July 25, 1997
Brian Glover, 63, the robust English character actor who liked to joke about his hefty size, died yesterday of complications from a brain tumor, his agent Bruna Zanelli said. Mr. Glover began his career as a teacher and professional wrestler, turning to acting in his 30s.He made his film debut in 1969 in the influential low-budget English film "Kes," directed by Ken Loach and went on to be a familiar, likable face on television, in movies, and in the West End and subsidized theater. He had supporting roles in, among other films, "An American Werewolf In London," "The Company of Wolves," "Leon the Pig Farmer" and "Aliens 3."
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By Joel McCord and Joel McCord,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2000
ROCKY RIDGE -- The smell from Rodney G. Harbaugh's hog farm hasn't been so bad lately, his neighbors say. But there are good days and bad days, and the bad days are pretty awful. "Sometimes, it's horrible," says Karen Kuhn, whose two-story colonial house is less than a mile from the Frederick County barns that hold Harbaugh's hogs. "It depends on which way the wind blows." Controversy over Harbaugh's hogs combined with growing concerns over large lot feeding operations elsewhere in Maryland and reports of hog-farm related environmental disasters in North Carolina have led to efforts put the brakes on the swine industry here.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | July 16, 1999
Gov. Parris N. Glendening has decided to appoint a task force to study the economic and environmental effects of large, factory-style hog farms in Maryland.Responding to a request from House Speaker Casper R. Taylor Jr., Glendening said he has directed his secretaries of agriculture and environment to pick "qualified individuals" to conduct the inquiry."We must avoid the well-publicized mistakes that have been made in other states," the governor wrote in a July 6 letter to Taylor. "Ultimately, we want our farmers to have the opportunity to profit from this agricultural enterprise without compromising our commitment to environmental excellence."
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