Arkansas Chicken Litter Case to Be Tried in September

March 5, 2006 - Posted at 12:39 p.m. CST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) _ The first of eight lawsuits over the

use of chicken litter as fertilizer is to be tried in September.

The cases were filed more than two years ago, and allege that

chicken litter spread on local fields raised the incidents of

cancer among Prairie Grove residents. The dispute involves hundreds

of residents.

The first trial involves the complaint of Michael and Mary

Green, whose son Blu suffered from leukemia as a child.

The trial was scheduled for April third, but Washington County

Judge Kim Smith says he is postponing the trial because the

plaintiffs' lawyers hadn't given the defendants enough advance

notice that an epidemiologist will be among the witnesses. The

epidemiologist is to testify about cancer clusters, a key issue in

the case.

Tyson Foods, Peterson Farms and Alpharma are defendants in the


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