Farmers: Lawsuit Is Attack

US - The Poultry Community Council on Thursday accused Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson of trying to destroy the poultry industry.
calendar icon 10 November 2007
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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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