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MD AG Secretary: Wicomico Must Find Compromise for Large Poultry Houses

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The Maryland Secretary of Agriculture Joe Bartenfelder says Wicomico County must find a compromise between residents and poultry growers over the proposed mega-chicken house in Wicomico County.

In addressing the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce this week he said he recognized the importance of the poultry industry calling it “the lifeblood of the economy” on the Eastern Shore.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he added that there have to be parameters for such operations.

The propose 10 house chicken operation proposed for the Naylor Mill Road area has sparked sharp opposition from local residents.

A number of these larger operations have been coming to the Delmarva peninsula sparking the imposition of local regulations. 

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.