Hudson farm

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A New York-based environmental group that sued Perdue Farms and an Eastern Shore contract grower says it won't appeal a federal judge's ruling in a poultry pollution case.

The Waterkeeper Alliance announced in a statement on Wednesday that while the group believes it presented compelling evidence, it won't appeal U.S. District Jud

ge William Nickerson's ruling, because of the high burden of proof appellate courts impose for reversing a district court's findings.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Testimony has ended in Baltimore in a closely watched environmental lawsuit against an Eastern Shore chicken grower and poultry giant Perdue Farms Inc.

Farm groups say the lawsuit could bankrupt the Hudson Farm and set a harmful precedent for others. Environmentalist say poultry companies should be responsible for pollution by their growers.

The Waterkeeper Alliance says the Berlin farm is polluting a nearby river. Lawyers for the Hudson family and Salisbury-based Perdue say there's no evidence of pollution.

Hudson Farms,

Could court officials visit the Hudson Farm in Berlin next month?


Lawyers representing Alan and Kristin Hudson and Perdue Farms recently asked the federal court to come in person to the couple’s farm.

They argue that a visit would help the court understand the evidence and provide a firsthand look at the farm’s chicken houses, manure shed and cow pastures among other things.

There are not as many farmers looking to take on processed sludge as fertilizer from Ocean City.

That has left the resort spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year sending the sludge to the dump.

Brooks Clayville, a farmer in Snow Hill, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the problem is timing.

With all of his crops he won’t have enough room to store the sludge until winter time while much of the sludge in Ocean City comes during the tourist season.

But there are other concerns.

The clock’s ticking to reach a consensus on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

That’s the word from Governor Martin O’Malley, who told the Salisbury Daily Times in an interview, that he has still not decided whether to call a special session to legalize table games and put a 6th casino in Prince George’s County.

He said that he met last Friday with Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch to discuss the options.

He also turned his attention to the federal lawsuit filed against the Hudson Farm in Berlin that charges it with polluting a nearby a creek.


             There’s a move in Annapolis to make the University of Maryland in Baltimore pay the legal expenses of the farm in Berlin…they are suing…even if the suit has not been settled by the court.

            Eastern Shore State Senate Richard Colburn has sponsored the legislation…that would require the university to use…its $500-thousand 2013 budget appropriation…to pay for the farm’s legal expenses.