The Oklahoma Board of Agriculture has temporarily halted processing new registrations for poultry feeding operations.
The Tulsa World reports that the moratorium announcement comes about a week after the first meeting of the Coordinating Council on Poultry Growth. Gov. Mary Fallin and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker announced the creation of the council last month to address residents' concerns.
Residents say they're worried about how the increase of new chicken houses will impact water quality and supply, property values, road maintenance and air quality.
Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese says officials expect to resolve some of the issues and begin taking registrations again shortly. He says the moratorium will allow officials to ensure the poultry industry has more structured growth.