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Homeland Security Mandate Could Have Effect on...Chicken Farmers?

New guidelines being proposed by the DHS are ruffling tail feathers in the poultry industry New guidelines being proposed by the DHS are ruffling tail feathers in the poultry industry

Annapolis, Md. (AP) - Are chicken houses the next battleground in the war on terror?

Poultry growers are squawking mad over proposed regulations from the Department of Homeland Security that anybody with 7,500 pounds or more of propane gas register with the agency.

The threshold is low enough that poultry farmers who use propane to heat chicken houses may be affected.

The proposal would require many farmers to register with the agency and fill out a risk assessment about their propane tanks.

By industry counts, up to 40,000 farms could be affected.

A homeland security spokesman says farmers would only need to spend "a couple hours" online to comply and that the agency is right to compile data on dangerous chemicals used, even in rural areas.

Alabama is the nation's third largest poultry producer, ranking only behind Georgia and Arkansas.

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