Ag Sec. weighs in on chicken farm controversy
Supports poultry expansion on Shore
— Following an Agricultural Day speech at the Cecil County Fair, Maryland Agricultural Secretary Joe Bartenfelder added his thoughts to the growing controversy surrounding a proposed chicken farm in Zion.
The proposal for the or-
ganic, open access poultry farm, which is still in the permitting phase, would see four poultry houses constructed on Galen and Crystal Horst’s 220-acre family farm on England Creamery Road. The plan calls for raising 200,000 chickens in seven-week cycles, with the 8-week-old chickens then being shipped to Milford, Del., for processing.
In commenting on the proposal, Bartenfelder noted that today’s poultry farms are markedly different than those in the county nearly 40 years ago.
“These newer houses, discharge-wise, the odor is less,” Bartenfelder said, adding that poultry manure is less malodorous than cow manure.
Also, unbeknownst to most outside the agricultural community, human and animal manure is routinely used to fertilize farm fields, he said.
Chickens are already being raised at the Meck Farm in Earleville for Perdue’s Coleman Organic label,
(Top left) A rider tries to hang on during the Painted Pony Championship Rodeo on Wednesday night at the Cecil County Fair. (Top right) A boy watches the Painted Pony Championship Rodeo on Tuesday night at the Cecil County Fair. (Bottom left) A participant in the pie-eating contest at the Cecil County Fair tries to swallow her bite. (Bottom right) A girl participates in the Tractor Pedal Pull at the Cecil County Fair.