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Steve Wing is an associate professor of epidemiology at UNC. Since 1995, Wing has been studying hog farming communities, waste management and its environmental effects. An important focus of his research is the proximity of hog waste lagoons to drinking water and residential areas. His research suggests that hog farming is linked to pollution and local health issues.
Traditional plowing of fields year after year depletes topsoil, requiring replacement by chemical fertilizers. In Halifax County, farmers have begun no-till cultivation, which improves the soil, increases crop yield, controls erosion, and provides food and cover for wildlife.