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Farmers: Lawsuit Is Attack

by 5m Editor
10 November 2007, at 10:18am

US - The Poultry Community Council on Thursday accused Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson of trying to destroy the poultry industry.

Jackie Cunningham, the council’s community relations director, said Edmondson wrongly targeted eight poultry companies with a lawsuit filed in 2005.

The council, created last year by poultry companies, aims to educate the public about the companies and poultry farmers.

“I feel like he’s targeting out-of-state companies,” Cunningham said. “Look at the cattlemen’s association. They have a substantial voice in the state of Oklahoma, and he’s not targeting them.”

Cunningham’s comments came a day after Edmondson requested that the U. S. District Court in Tulsa issue a preliminary injunction to forbid the spreading of poultry litter on crops in the Illinois River watershed. Edmondson wants a January hearing on his request.

The companies sued by Edmondson are Tyson Foods of Springdale, Simmons Foods of Siloam Springs, Cargill Inc. of Minneapolis, Cobb-Vantress Inc. of Siloam Springs, George’s Inc. of Springdale, Peterson Farms Inc. of Decatur, Willow Brook Foods of Springfield, Mo., and Cal-Maine Foods Inc. of Jackson, Miss.

Source: NWAnews

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