Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley says he will veto the chicken tax.
That’s a 5-cent per bird tax being proposed in the state legislature.
The Democrat made his remarks during the annual Taste of Maryland dinner and were reported on Twitter by the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
The Salisbury Daily Times reports that his press secretary Nina Smith issued a statement saying that the governor did not feel the chicken tax would actually strike a balance between the needs of the bay and the needs of the agriculture industry.
GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Poultry giant Perdue Farms is proposing using a fabric made by Newark-based W.L. Gore & Associates to help compost chicken manure.
Perdue is seeking permission from the Sussex County Council for the proposal to compost the manure at its AgriRecycle property between Laurel and Blades. The proposal calls for using a waterproof, but breathable barrier over the compost pile that would let water vapor out, but keep rain from getting in.
BALTIMORE (AP) - Perdue Farms is seeking up to $2.5 million in attorney fees following its victory in a poultry pollution case that has been closely watched by environmentalist and agriculture interests for its potential impact on the industry.
Perdue spokeswoman Julie DeYoung said Friday that the company was seeking to recoup attorney fees from the Waterkeeper Alliance, which filed suit against the company and an Eastern Shore contract grower.
BALTIMORE (AP) - A Maryland chicken farmer at the center of a lawsuit that could impact the state's poultry industry said in court that the lawsuit has been stressful for him and his family and also made him paranoid.
Alan Hudson, who raises chickens for poultry giant Perdue, is being sued by a New York-based environmental group which also sued Perdue. The group says Hudson's chicken-raising operation in Berlin polluted a nearby river.
Hudson says that the lawsuit, which was filed in 2010, has been difficult for his family.
BALTIMORE (AP) - The University of Maryland says an environmental law clinic suing Perdue and an Eastern Shore poultry grower over farm runoff is being awarded for its work.
The university says the Environmental Law Clinic at the Carey School of Law will receive the award from the American Bar Association in August. The association gives the annual award to an individual or organization for leadership and contributions to environmental protection and sustainable development.
A federal judge in the case of the Hudson Farm accused of violating the Clean Water Act will go on with no victories for either side.
Judge William Nickerson said that he would allow testimony by expert witness Bruce Bell…upon whom the WaterKeeper Alliance is relying in their case against Alan and Kristin Hudson who own a farm in Berlin.
Perdue Farms wanted the judge to ignore the testimony.