Poultry Farms Get New Rules in Maryland County

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The board of commissioners for Worcester County, Md., voted unanimously to pass new regulations on poultry operations.

The new legislation zones poultry farms separately from other agricultural land uses, according to a report the Delmarva Now news website. Under the new rules, a parcel of land is limited to a maximum of eight poultry houses, must be set back at least 200 feet from adjacent properties, and have a vegetative buffer surrounding the property.

The issue pitted environmental activists’ concerns over the impact of large-scale poultry production against some of the county’s poultry farmers. Nevertheless, the county’s new rules are similar to those already in effect in counties in Virginia and Pennsylvania, and the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s own voluntary guidelines for being “good neighbors.”

Source:  meatingplace.com, 5/1/2017

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