Clay Co. farm receives $2.2M in losses after bald eagles kill 160K chickens

White Oak Pastures is receiving $2.2M after bald eagles killed more than 160K chickens....
White Oak Pastures is receiving $2.2M after bald eagles killed more than 160K chickens. (Source: White Oak Pastures Facebook)
Updated: Sep. 7, 2018 at 11:51 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A Clay County farm is receiving more than $2,000,000 in losses after bald eagles killed more than 160,000 of their chickens.

White Oak Pastures says that over the years more than eighty bald eagles that have roosted on the farm have killed a large number of their chickens.

Since bald eagles are federally protected, the farm is helpless to prevent the attacks.

The National Appeals Division (NAD) of the Farm Service Administration (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that the farm is entitled to compensation in the amount of more than $2,200,000.

"The ruling is a win not just for us – but for all small farms everywhere. At White Oak Pastures, we are committed to animal welfare, regenerative farming and empowering and supporting our local economy," said Will Harris, White Oak Pasture's owner. "To survive at a time when conventional producers dominate the market, independent ranchers rely on equitable treatment bylaws often written for big agricultural operations."

White Oak Pastures' products are available in Kroger in Alabama and Publix in both Georgia and Alabama, as well as 11th and Bay in Columbus.

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