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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6 days ago

Delaware Soybean Board

There they go! 🐥Our chicks have moved down nicely. Look how spread out they are! It’s amazing what they can do in just a few hours.

But before we actually allowed them to migrate to the next chamber we had some work to do to prepare that space for them.
•We have to turn the heaters on in that chamber to get it nice and warm and comfy for them. It’s an average of 84° for them right now.
•The lights are turned on to brighten it up.
•We turn the water on to the drinker lines in that chamber to give them fresh water.
•Stand pipes are placed on the drinker lines to help clear out any air bubbles.
•Feed lines are plugged in and ready to fill their bellies.
•The divider curtains are raised/rolled up out of the way.
•Temperature sensors are lowered down to chick level so that we have constant readings. •Computer settings are changed so that they read those temperature sensors in addition to the ones in the brood chamber.
All of this, times 8 houses. We get to do it all again in just a few days when the chicks move to the last chamber of the house.
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1 week ago

Delaware Soybean Board

Poultry creates 7 jobs in our communities for every one job in the poultry industry. It is the biggest customer for Delaware soybeans.

UD Cooperative Extension
Our state poultry agent Georgie Cartanza speaks to #UDel students in Georgetown and Newark via distance technology. Here she explains the economic impact of poultry farming for Delaware. Students are taking AGRI 130 “Understanding Today’s Agriculture” which includes guest lecturers from across the Agriculture sector.
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1 week ago

Delaware Soybean Board

The Webber daily flock is making some big moves today! Follow the flock! 🐥“Follow The Flock”

It’s moving day!
No no, don’t worry, the chicks aren’t going anywhere just yet. We are opening up the next chamber of the house to allow them to migrate into more of the house. This gives them ample space to (excuse the pun) “spread their wings”.
As you can see in the pictures they already have plenty of space, but we like to make happy chickens and give them more than they need.
In our houses we “center brood”. When chicks come in they are very small. They require lots of warmth and little space. So to conserve energy (fuel and electricity) we brood them in only half of the house. After about 7 days or so we open one side of the brood chamber to give them another 25% of the house. Then after another couple days we open up the other side to allow them use of the entire house.
It is amazing just how quickly the chicks will migrate into their new spaces. It’s actually a good tell tale sign that they are comfortable and happy!
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PALMER ID FIELD WALK WORKSHOP, Wednesday, Sept 26, 8-10 am, 709 Morgnec Road, Chestertown

Meet at the Kent Extension office for coffee and doughnuts and then head down the road to a field where there has been a positive identification of Palmer Amaranth to discuss id techniques and management of this herbicide resistant weed. RSVP to Nate Richard at nrichard@umd.edu or 410-778-1661.
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1 week ago

Maryland Soybean Board

Connecting.
More from the farm visit with our new Taiwanese friends today! @u.s.soy @burrierfarms #soy #sustainability #maryland #marylandagriculture
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1 week ago

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

The Webber Family Farm near Clayton is posting Facebook diaries as the farm's flock of broiler chickens grows! You'll learn a LOT about how chickens are raised today on Delmarva. Check it out!“Follow The Flock”

It’s moving day!
No no, don’t worry, the chicks aren’t going anywhere just yet. We are opening up the next chamber of the house to allow them to migrate into more of the house. This gives them ample space to (excuse the pun) “spread their wings”.
As you can see in the pictures they already have plenty of space, but we like to make happy chickens and give them more than they need.
In our houses we “center brood”. When chicks come in they are very small. They require lots of warmth and little space. So to conserve energy (fuel and electricity) we brood them in only half of the house. After about 7 days or so we open one side of the brood chamber to give them another 25% of the house. Then after another couple days we open up the other side to allow them use of the entire house.
It is amazing just how quickly the chicks will migrate into their new spaces. It’s actually a good tell tale sign that they are comfortable and happy!
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3 days ago

My Maryland Farmers

A mother, consumer and farmer discusses the constant battle of combatting fear marketing and trying to (correctly) educate consumers.

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One of the biggest obstacles we have to overcome in agriculture is combatting fear marketing. Fear marketing that impacts the public perception of our farming practices, the products we raise, and the food we buy at the grocery stores.

These stories are widespread across social media as well as print and broadcast media. Unfortunately Dr Oz will be premiering his new season with a segment on “weed killers in your breakfast” ...

Spoiler alert — that is not true (link here to National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) and National Wheat Foundation 5 part series on glyphosate in wheat: wheatfoundation.org/the-truth-about-glyphosate-part-1-how-do-wheat-growers-use-glyphosate/ )

But what I wanted to do is further convey my feeling on food, food production and the safety of our food systems through a video. I also have a blog post that I’ll link in the comments.
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Looking for locally raised meats and poultry? This directory will help you find a farm conveniently located near you. bit.ly/2OagS56 #MyMdFarmers #BuyLocal ... See MoreSee Less

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