Even in these modern times, in Delaware and on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, agriculture is vital – a way of life we cherish, and an economic driver we need. And our chicken industry is absolutely essential to the region’s farmers, small business owners and everyday families.

Delmarva’s poultry industry both relies upon and supports Delmarva’s grain and poultry farmers. Soybean and grain farmers benefit from a robust local market, while poultry companies benefit from access to local feed ingredients. Raising chickens also allows farmers to diversify their farm income.

Similarly, our local communities both rely upon and support this economic engine, providing labor for jobs that are directly related to the poultry industry and its suppliers, or induced by the industry. Delmarva’s more than 1,700 chicken farms play a big role in helping keep our regional economy strong. And the farmers who raise chicken work hard delivering high quality, wholesome food while doing what’s right for the communities in which they work and live.

In Delaware, the chicken industry accounts for more than 10,000 jobs with total wages of more than $747.5 million. These are good jobs, paying an average of $70,847 in wages and benefits. In Maryland, the poultry industry accounts for more than 15,000 jobs with total wages of more than $971 million. Average wages and benefits in Maryland are $64,699.

In 2016, the poultry industry was responsible for as much as $3.34 billion in total economic activity throughout Delaware and $3.96 billion in Maryland. All told, the industry and its employees paid about $419 million in federal taxes and $199.8 million in state and local taxes in 2016.

“Nearly every business on Delmarva – including small businesses – is positively affected by the chicken industry,” said Bill Satterfield, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.’s executive director. “These numbers reinforce just how important the chicken industry is to the region, and they show the industry growing at a calm, sustainable pace.”

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In the news.... China's tariff on U.S. soybeans, which has taken a huge bite out of the market. The checkoff program does not engage in policy work, but here's a countdown of measures that have been taken to protect our farmers and grow markets. ... See MoreSee Less

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Maryland Soybean Board

See it? Do this.Hop off my hops, spotted lanternfly!

These plant-hopping insects pose a major threat to Maryland's brewery industry as they feast on over 70 different species of plants and crops – including local hops used to make craft beer. Though this invasive insect has not yet been found in Maryland, it has confirmed populations in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey.

If you see this pest, snap a picture of it, catch it, freeze it in a plastic bag, send it to the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and report it to DontBug.MD@Maryland.gov.

More info here: mda.maryland.gov/spottedlanternfly
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Palmer walk on the Lower Shore, Oct 25:
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A 40-year career in Delmarva's chicken community!Friends and colleagues gathered at lunch today for some fried chicken and homemade barbecue to celebrate the career of our President and CEO Paul Downes, who will be retiring at the end of this month. Paul started as a flock supervisor for Mountaire Farms more than 40 years ago, and under his leadership, the company has grown into the sixth largest poultry company in the United States. He will remain on the company's Board of Directors, but is looking forward to spending more time with his wife of 45 years, his children and grandchildren. His colleagues spoke of his business leadership, positive attitude, kind and giving heart, and deep faith. He will be greatly missed. #NewChapters #MountaireIsFamily ... See MoreSee Less

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As #DPINtlMtg starts to wrap up, we're recognizing eight members of Delmarva's chicken community with Outstanding Flock Supervisor awards for excelling at "increasingly difficult and complex jobs," as DPI President Todd Baker notes. Seated, L-R: Wade Parks, Amick Farms; George Sherman, Perdue Farms; Steve Windsor, Mountaire Farms. Standing, left to right: Matt Campbell, Mountaire Farms; Izaak Donohoe, Perdue Foods; Emily Markey, Perdue Foods. Not pictured: Jessica Crabtree of Allen Harim and Todd Hite, Jr. of Tyson Foods. ... See MoreSee Less

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It’s Day 2 of the #DPINtlMtg, and flock supervisors are already involved in the Live Production session, while viruses and vaccines are our Poultry Health session topic. Sponsors include Anpario, Aviagen, Elanco and Evonik. ... See MoreSee Less

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The #DPINtlMtg is underway, thanks to sponsors including Huvepharma, Live Oak Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim, Farm Credit and Merck. The morning’s first session was dedicated to animal antibiotic stewardship. ... See MoreSee Less

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The #DPINtlMtg is getting started with an opening reception, sponsored by Merck. Welcome to the event, everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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Ticket giveaway to Butler's Orchard! Make sure you click and comment on the Montgomery County, MD Tourism post-not ours! HURRY! 🏃🏾‍♀️ 🏃 🏃🏾‍♀️ 🏃*GIVEAWAY CLOSED* Congrats to winner Amber Stancil!

We've got a family four pack of tickets to Butler's Orchard Pumpkin Festival! 🎃

What's your favorite festival attraction and who would you bring along? Leave your answer in the comments below for a chance to win! Winner will be chosen Friday, October 19.
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