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By Carole Morison | October 12, 2011
Within the poultry industry, company dealings with the farmers they contract with have been one-sided for at least the past 20 years. It's been a long, hard battle for contract farmers to try to gain any fairness in that relationship; I can't count the times in those 20 years that I've traveled to Washington, D.C. to speak with our illustrious politicians about the issue. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has the authority to write and publish rules to protect farmers from unfair and/or deceptive practices.
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BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | July 26, 2011
An affiliate of a South Korean poultry firm was the winning bidder in a bankruptcy auction for the assets of Allen Family Foods, a Delaware company that employs hundreds on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Richard A. Robinson, an attorney representing Harim USA Ltd., the Delaware arm of Harim Holdings Co. Ltd., said the company submitted the highest bid for what amounted to nearly all of Allen's assets. The auction on Monday lasted about 12 hours, he said. The acquisition is contingent on approval from a bankruptcy judge.
NEWS
July 5, 2011
Whenever The Sun does an article on the myriad of problems with huge chicken farms ( "Big chicken: downsized," July 5), you never mention one of the most glaring problems: that of animal cruelty, millions of birds crammed into tiny cages from birth till death never seeing the light of day or experiencing the joy of smelling clean fresh air while walking around a barnyard. More and more people are demanding humane (and healthier) ways to raise our food as evidenced by purchasing decisions at the grocery store.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | June 25, 2011
On Maryland's Eastern Shore, everything leads back to chickens. The poultry industry is the largest piece of a key sector of the local economy — agriculture — and its reach is broad: from the truckers who move products and the many farmers who grow corn for chicken feed to the corner stores and other businesses that rely on customers' income. Any hint of disruption to that economic ecosystem makes people nervous. And these days, it's more than that. The bankruptcy filing this month of Allen Family Foods, a Seaford, Del., poultry firm that provides direct employment to hundreds on the Maryland Shore, has left many more here worried about their future.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2010
The Humane Society of the United States filed a class action lawsuit Monday in New Jersey against Maryland-based Perdue Farms, accusing the nation's third-largest poultry producer of falsely advertising its chickens as "humanely raised. " The suit was brought on behalf of a New Jersey woman who bought chicken at a BJ's Wholesale Club bearing the Harvestland label, a trade name used by Perdue for birds raised in Kentucky and marketed as "purely all-natural" and "humanely raised. " The suit alleges that the poultry producer's marketing violates New Jersey's consumer fraud law. The complaint seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages against Perdue, as well as an injunction barring it from making claims that it treats its birds humanely.
FEATURES
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 11, 2010
Scientists have found more intersex fish in Maryland, this time on the Eastern Shore, and their research suggests one possible source of the gender-bending condition could be the poultry manure that is widely used there to fertilize croplands. Six lakes and ponds on the Delmarva Peninsula sampled over the past two years have yielded male largemouth bass carrying eggs, according to University of Maryland scientists. Those are the first intersex fish reported there, though researchers found the condition several years ago in smallmouth bass in the Potomac and its tributaries, and recently found it in smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna.
NEWS
August 23, 2010
Farming, according to President Harry S. Truman, a man familiar with rural life, depended on "good manure. " When Mr. Truman's wife Bess was asked why the president couldn't use the more delicate word "fertilizer," she replied that it had taken her 25 years to get him to say "manure. " Whatever it is called — litter, droppings, excreta — it is a major factor in chicken farming, as anyone who has been caught downwind of a chicken house can attest. Maryland produces nearly 300 million broilers per year, and a byproduct of that process is an estimated 400,000 pounds of what the industry refers to as "chicken litter.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2010
When Carole Morison got into poultry farming 23 years ago, she and her husband built chicken houses on their Pocomoke farm to specifications set by their biggest customer — Perdue Inc. — and made upgrades the industry giant required over the years. That relationship abruptly ended two years ago, when Morison refused to spend $150,000 on a permanent enclosure requested by Salisbury-based Perdue, which in her view would be too costly and unhealthy for the chickens. Perdue subsequently dropped Morison as a grower.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2010
State labor officials imposed a record $1 million fine Friday on an Eastern Shore poultry processor that inspectors say has ignored warnings to improve a dangerous workplace for more than a decade. The penalty against Allen Family Foods Inc. is the largest ever levied in a single inspection by the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health division of the state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, officials said. Inspectors say they found 51 violations at Allen's large processing plant in Hurlock while investigating a December incident in which a worker was seriously injured.
NEWS
By Wenonah Hauter and Robert S. Lawrence | April 5, 2010
Something's rotten in the state of Maryland, and it's time that a central player in one of the state's biggest industries accepts its fair share of responsibility for the problem. Perdue Farms Inc. is one of the leading poultry integrators operating in the state of Maryland, contracting with hundreds of growers on the Eastern Shore who raise broiler chickens for the company. Perdue controls the production process from start to finish and owns the birds from the hatchery, to the slaughterhouse, to the wholesale distribution and on to the grocery store.
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