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Farmer expected to testify in Perdue pollution trial

A chicken farmer at the center of a lawsuit with potential implications for Maryland’s poultry industry is set to testify in federal court in Baltimore.

Alan Hudson, who raises chickens for poultry giant Perdue, is scheduled to continue his testimony Thursday for a second day.

The New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance brought the lawsuit against Hudson and Perdue. The group says Hudson’s chicken-raising operation polluted a nearby river, and the group says Perdue should be responsible for the pollution because it owns the chickens and monitors their growth.

But lawyers for Hudson and Salisbury-based Perdue say there’s no evidence of pollution. They say the farm operates just like others and that it would be unprecedented and catastrophic to the industry if its ordinary practices are found to pollute.