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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Entrants of the Delaware Soybean Yield Contest no longer have to wait in long lines at the elevator to complete their yield checks! We are pleased to announce that we have simplified the process this harvest season with the purchase of a weigh wagon.

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Entrants of the Delaware Soybean Yield Contest no longer have to wait in long lines at the elevator to complete their yield checks! We are pleased to announce that we have simplified the process this harvest season with the purchase of a weigh wagon.
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Soybean farmers, researchers, and other industry representatives - including our Executive Director and Alyssa Koehler of UD Cooperative Extension - gathered this week for the Inaugural #soythinktank meeting. Swipe ➡️ to see the amount of brainstorming they did on the future of soybean research! ... See MoreSee Less

Soybean farmers, researchers, and other industry representatives - including our Executive Director and Alyssa Koehler of UD Cooperative Extension - gathered this week for the Inaugural #SoyThinkTank meeting.  Swipe ➡️ to see the amount of brainstorming they did on the future of soybean research!Image attachment
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The Maryland Soybean Board is now accepting pre-proposals for research projects focused on soybean production and animal agriculture for the 2022 growing season. Pre-proposals should be submitted by October 15, 2021.

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The Maryland Soybean Board is now accepting pre-proposals for research projects focused on soybean production and animal agriculture for the 2022 growing season. Pre-proposals should be submitted by October 15, 2021.
Learn More: https://bit.ly/3CpEZ8K

6 days ago

Maryland Soybean Board

We joined Maryland Farm Bureau, MidAtlantic Farm Credit, and the Catoctin and Frederick Soil Conservation Districts last week to showcase conservation practices currently being used by Frederick County farmers.

One stop featured soybean growers Dave and Belinda Burrier, who provided a history of conservation on their farm dating back to the 1950’s! The Burrier’s continue to improve on these practices year after year in order to be both environmentally and economically responsible for their family’s and community’s future.
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The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Maryland Dept. Of The Environment want to hear from YOU! These groups have been tasked with developing a Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Maryland Agriculture. Input from Maryland farmers and representatives of the agriculture entities is needed to inform this statewide effort.

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The Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Maryland Department of Agriculture, and Maryland Dept. Of The Environment want to hear from YOU! These groups have been tasked with developing a Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Maryland Agriculture. Input from Maryland farmers and representatives of the agriculture entities is needed to inform this statewide effort.
Learn more and complete the survey: https://bit.ly/3zscWV4

3 weeks ago

Maryland Soybean Board

This soybean field took the brunt of yesterday’s tornado in Dorchester County. Our thoughts go out to all of the farmers impacted by Hurricane Ida. ... See MoreSee Less

This soybean field took the brunt of yesterday’s tornado in Dorchester County. Our thoughts go out to all of the farmers impacted by Hurricane Ida.
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Born just this morning! Meet the newest member of Chesapeake Gold Farms in Cecil County. Name something cuter. We'll wait...

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