When you are among the farmers who have made Iowa the nation’s top producer of hogs and you read that a jury has ordered Smithfield Foods to pay $473.5 million to six neighbors of its North Carolina hog operations, it’s natural to worry about those judgments happening in Iowa.

The case marked the third such ruling against Smithfield, one of the largest hog producers in the country. 

“I am hearing a lot of concern from producers,” said Eldon McAfee, attorney for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “I think ultimately it is a threat to all of agriculture when you get these kind of judgments repeatedly.”

But because of Iowa’s legal framework and farmers’ practices here, McAfee said it is “not as likely” Iowa would have a multimillion-dollar judgment against a hog confinement.

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