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Kansas Senate approves bill allowing expansion of industrial chicken farms

February 23, 2018, 1:55 p.m. Updated February 23, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

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— Kansas lawmakers advanced a bill that would allow industrial chicken farms to house more birds closer to homes and communities, despite a public outcry last year over a proposed Tyson Foods chicken plant.

Senators on Thursday passed the bill that would increase the number of chickens a producer could have in a concentrated area by changing the formula for determining the number of birds allowed, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported . The measure advanced on a 30-9 vote.

Support for the bill was driven by lawmakers wanting to bring in large-scale poultry producers and the jobs that come with them.

Opponents argued that the facilities harm the environment and communities. The bill came after residents in northeast Kansas counties successfully defeated a plan proposed by Tyson to build a $320 million facility processing 1.2 million birds per week in Tonganoxie.

Democratic Sen. Tom Holland, an outspoken critic of the Tonganoxie project, voted against the bill. Holland tried to amend the bill to give local residents a say when poultry producers build barns in their area and would have allowed residents of neighboring counties to file petitions against large chicken barns.

"Some in this body may want to worry about what's good for industrial interests," he said. "I'm going to worry about what's good for our citizens who are in Kansas and pay their taxes and send their kids to our schools and die in this state."

Republican Sen. Bud Estes said treatment and handling of livestock has improved in recent years.

"You do not get those smells of animals," Estes said. "You do not get travelers coming into Dodge (City) and taking a big whiff and saying, 'Oh my gosh, let me out of town.' It just doesn't happen anymore, so the assumption that these coops, that these chicken farms are going to be smelly, dangerous, disease-riddled operations is just absolutely not correct."

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Cille King 2 months ago

"You do not get those smells of animals," Estes said. "You do not get travelers coming into Dodge (City) and taking a big whiff and saying, 'Oh my gosh, let me out of town.' It just doesn't happen anymore, so the assumption that these coops, that these chicken farms are going to be smelly, dangerous, disease-riddled operations is just absolutely not correct."

When and how are they able to make s**t not smelly?

Joe Blackford II 2 months ago

The same day/way DHS, USDA & KSU failed to mention the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility will be conducting Dual Use Research of Concern.

"Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) is life sciences research that, based on current understanding, can be reasonably anticipated to provide knowledge, information, products, or technologies that could be directly misapplied to pose a significant threat with broad potential consequences to public health and safety, agricultural crops and other plants, animals, the environment, materiel, or national security. The United States Government’s oversight of DURC is aimed at preserving the benefits of life sciences research while minimizing the risk of misuse of the knowledge, information, products, or technologies provided by such research."

https://osp.od.nih.gov/biotechnology/dual-use-research-of-concern/

Clara Westphal 1 month, 4 weeks ago

Smell is not the only concern with chicken farms.

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