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Perdue Farms

Maryland spends $1M a year to transport chicken litter, to the benefit of the Chesapeake — and poultry companies

Maryland spends $1M a year to transport chicken litter, to the benefit of the Chesapeake — and poultry companies

— In one end of the long green warehouse come heaps of powdery, malodorous chicken manure. Out the other goes garden-ready fertilizer sold to golf courses or companies like Scotts, which bag it and markets it as Miracle Gro Organic Choice and other products.

Supporters say the Perdue AgriRecycle facility a few miles from the Maryland state line is one solution for chicken farmers on the Eastern Shore who need to get rid of manure.

Along with the chicken litter, the Perdue facility receives hundreds of thousands of state taxpayer dollars each year. A state program reimburses farmers, brokers and poultry companies for half of their costs to haul manure around Delmarva...

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