Bill Favoring Big Chicken Plants Passed in Kansas

Kansas legislators gave final approval to a bill that aims to attract large chicken-processing plants to the state.

They voted 84-37 on Monday (March 12) and sent the bill to Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer. The Senate approved it last month.

This development came six months after Arkansas-based Tyson Foods put plans on hold for a $320 million chicken-processing plant outside Tonganoxie amid opposition from many local residents.

The bill rewrites laws regulating animal feedlots to set specific standards for large-scale chicken farms. It would allow farms with up to 333,000 chickens a quarter mile away from homes.

Cloud and Montgomery county officials believe the bill can help their bid to attract a Tyson plant while critics said the measure would not do enough to protect the environment.

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