Perdue Farms, EPA reach agreement to cut down on waste runoff

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with Perdue Farms Inc. to protect water near farms that produce chickens in Kentucky and other states.

The agreement means the EPA will work with Perdue to "restore and protect surface and groundwater," Jimmy Palmer, administrator of the agency's regional office in Atlanta, said in a statement.

Perdue chairman Jim Perdue said his company is "committed to environmental stewardship and shares that commitment with the independent farm families who raise our birds."

Perdue has processing plants in several states, including one in Kentucky's Ohio County.

Under the agreement, farms that grow chickens for Perdue will receive training in controlling runoff and managing litter disposal.