Useful Information Shared at Wicomico County, Maryland Meeting on Chicken Houses

NClose to 300 persons, mostly folks in the chicken and agricultural community, attended a March 22 meeting called by Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver. The meeting was intended to share information from three state of Maryland agencies about their role in the construction of chicken houses and to answer questions about the human health and environmental impact, or LACK OF IMPACT, from chicken houses.

Representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Department of the Environment, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provided THE FACTS and sought to dispel myths and misinformation. They did a good job helping to inform people critical of the chicken industry.

County Executive Culver convened the meeting as the county council is considering legislation to change the zoning requirements for new chicken houses. Six of the seven council members were there.

Persons attending the meeting were greeted by a handful of protesters who do not want new family owned chicken houses in the county.

Dozens of written questions submitted by audience members were answered by the state agency representatives.

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., which encouraged its members to attend the meeting, commends County Executive Culver for holding the meeting.

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