announced recently that it has gained a number of new supporters. Those supporters including businesses such as Southern States Cooperative and Rabobank International; state organizations such as the Maryland Grain Producers and the Maryland Pork Producers; and state farm bureaus from coast-to-coast including those in Wyoming, Mississippi, New Jersey, and elsewhere in between.  The National Chicken Council has already contributed to is raising awareness about environmental litigation and raising funds for Alan and Kristin Hudson, a Maryland farm family who are the target of a Waterkeeper Alliance lawsuit. is working to highlight the consequences of the Waterkeepers’ litigation tactics and the implications those tactics could have for family farms across the country.

On the heels of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s letter supporting the Hudsons to the dean of the University of Maryland School of Law, a host of organizations and Maryland county farm bureaus have joined to raise awareness about the Waterkeepers’ litigation.  The University of Maryland Environmental Law Clinic is representing the Waterkeeper Alliance, a New York-based environmental group with 18 chapters in Maryland.

“The outpouring of support has been beyond works.  We now have members ranging from the Delmarva Coon Hunters to businesses such as Southern States,” said Lee Richardson, president of the Wicomico County, Maryland, Farm Bureau and a member.  “We also received backing from the national farm bureaus such as Arkansas, Colorado, Nebraska, North Dakota, and beyond.  This tremendous and varied support, coupled with Governor O’Malley’s support, signifies how many people out there believe what the Waterkeeper Alliance is doing is wrong,” Richardson said.

For a complete list of the new supporters and to learn more about sustaining and defending family farms, visit