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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Mark your calendars for the 2019 Commodity Classic, February 28-March 2 in Orlando! It's where you’ll find great sessions filled with ideas, insight and expertise that can make a powerful difference on your farm.

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Maryland Soybean Board

It's Back! Take a sneak peak into the new season of #MarylandFarmHarvest which begins next Tuesday!

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Brand new episodes of Maryland Farm and Harvest begin airing November 13th! Can't wait that long? Watch the video below for a preview. And please help us spread the word by sharing this post!
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Say hi to Maureen Duffy, our newest (and our first) member relations manager! She's all about recruitment, retainment and relationship building with DPI members - and she'll be looking at ways to add even more value to DPI membership.
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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

Mountaire Farms is keeping its growers in the loop on energy conservation and other ways to improve their farms. And growers have been sharing their perspectives on raising chickens, too.Thanks to our team in Live Operations for hosting our growers at two meetings this week in Maryland and Delaware. We always enjoy the chance to listen to growers and learn from them, and share tips to help make them more successful small business owners. These meetings focused on security at their farms, energy efficiency and savings, and helping make sure their houses are ready for winter. #WeHaveTheBestGrowers #WinterIsComing ... See MoreSee Less

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