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
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
Tyson Foods, Peterson Farms and Alpharma are defendants in the