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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - A mobile food pantry serving Virginia's Eastern Shore has received a $10,000 grant from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.

The gift to the Mobile Pantry Program run by the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore was announced Tuesday. Perdue Farms is also generating 20,000 pounds of products.

The combined contribution will enable the food bank to distribute nearly 40,000 meals to children, seniors and families in Northampton and Accomack counties.

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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.

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The Eastern Shore chicken industry is reeling from a proposal in Annapolis that would impose a 5 cent tax per chicken to get big poultry companies to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

Worcester County Commissioner Virgil Shockley said that with more than 12 million chickens in Worcester County the cost would add up quickly.

That big money, environmental groups and some legislators say is needed to clean up the bay.

Food And Water Watch claims that poultry puts more than a billion pounds of waste into the watershed each year.

Shockley disputes that claim.

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POCOMOKE CITY, Md. (AP) - Officials at Perdue farms say 6,000 chicks were killed in a fire at its research facility near Pocomoke City.

Spokeswoman Julie DeYoung says the fire broke out about 3:15 p.m. Wednesday in two buildings on the campus. She says no employees were there because all had left at 2 p.m.

DeYoung says the facility does research on breeds, nutrition and feeding.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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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.

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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.

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Alan Hudson told a federal district court yesterday that it is possible water containing cow manure runs off into a ditch that drains from his property.

His testimony during a lawsuit filed against Hudson and Perdue for violations of the Clean Water Act by the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance.

Capital News Service reports that water samples taken near the farm in 2009 and 2010 showed a sharp spike in bacteria and nutrient levels.

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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.

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

Perhaps.

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.

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.