Judge extends agreement date for Oklahoma poultry lawsuit

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A federal judge is giving Oklahoma and nearly a dozen poultry companies, including the world’s largest poultry producer, Tyson Foods, an additional 90 days to reach an agreement on plans to clean a watershed polluted by chicken litter. FILE – The Illinois River as seen from Goat’s Bluffat the J.T.

Nickel Family Nature and Wildlife Preserve in Cherokee County, Okla., July 18, 2019. U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell on Friday, March 17, 2023 scheduled a June 16 hearing in Tulsa, saying both sides requested the extension. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP, File)

U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell on Friday scheduled a June 16 status conference in Tulsa, saying both sides requested the extension. The state and the poultry companies are to submit a joint status report by June 9.

Frizzell ruled in January that Arkansas-based Tyson, Minnesota-based Cargill Inc.

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