NC farm bill includes shifting oversight of deer farming from wildlife to agriculture agency

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RALEIGH, North Carolina — North Carolina's agriculture agency could soon oversee deer farming for meat, hides and hunting scents, taking over from the state body that regulates hunting deer and other wildlife.

Farm legislation introduced in the state Senate Wednesday would transfer regulation of what is seen as a growing livestock field from North Carolina's Wildlife Resources Commission to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

The Wildlife Resources Commission was criticized after biologists killed nine penned deer in 2011 to test them for chronic wasting disease, a fatal deer disease found in about 20 states but not in North Carolina.

Republican Sen. Brent Jackson of Sampson County says the measure also alters highway laws to make it easier for farmers to move oversized loads like equipment and crops.

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