DELAWARE COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) — The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture approved new setbacks for chicken farms this morning.
The new rules focus mostly on the location of the farms and how close they are to homes, cities and schools.
The new rules say that farms with more than 150,000 birds must be 1,000 feet away from any home or occupied residence.
One important note, the new rules will grandfather any current farms that were permitted before Oct. 8, 2018.
That means that most of the farms built in Delaware County won’t be required to make any changes if they aren’t compliant with the new setbacks.
According to public comment records Channel 8's I-team has reviewed, folks in the chicken industry believed some rules considered were too restrictive on the growing industry.
However, for those folks living in Delaware County, the new rules weren’t restrictive enough.
There is a bill in the house, HB 2534, right now that would impose stricter rules on chicken farms.
Channel 8 spoke with the Department of Agriculture on the phone. Officials said they'd be putting out a media release sometime Tuesday afternoon.