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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The Delmarva Chicken Association recently launched a new, free mobile app designed to help growers anywhere on Delmarva who have poultry litter find customers seeking to use it as a valuable fertilizer.

Try it out by downloading from the Apple App Store or Google Play!
Learn more: bit.ly/2MCROaS
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The Delmarva Chicken Association recently launched a new, free mobile app designed to help growers anywhere on Delmarva who have poultry litter find customers seeking to use it as a valuable fertilizer.
Try it out by downloading from the Apple App Store or Google Play!
Learn more: https://bit.ly/2MCROaS

When the Delaware Soybean Board met to review their funding proposals for 2021, biodiesel remained a top priority.

Rick Dickerson, a DSB Board Member and National Biodiesel Board representative, explains how biodiesel is a sustainability win for both the environment and soy farmers: bit.ly/3pQKnLz
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When the Delaware Soybean Board met to review their funding proposals for 2021, biodiesel remained a top priority. 
Rick Dickerson, a DSB Board Member and National Biodiesel Board representative, explains how biodiesel is a sustainability win for both the environment and soy farmers: https://bit.ly/3pQKnLz
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Are you thinking about switching to poultry litter as a crop fertilizer and soil amendment? Are you a first time user? The Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension will be holding a webinar on January 26 for farmers who have NEVER used poultry litter.

Hear firsthand accounts from farmers who use manure. Preregistration is required here: go.umd.edu/Litter
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Are you thinking about switching to poultry litter as a crop fertilizer and soil amendment? Are you a first time user? The Maryland Department of Agriculture and University of Maryland Extension will be holding a webinar on January 26 for farmers who have NEVER used poultry litter. 
Hear firsthand accounts from farmers who use manure. Preregistration is required here: https://go.umd.edu/Litter

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Maryland Soybean Board

MSB Board Member Evan Staley spent the beginning of the week participating in the American Soybean Association's virtual Soybean Leadership Academy. Now he's back to work on the farm, loading up soybeans for export to small islands in the Pacific!
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MSB Board Member Evan Staley spent the beginning of the week participating in the American Soybean Associations virtual Soybean Leadership Academy. Now hes back to work on the farm, loading up soybeans for export to small islands in the Pacific! 
#stillfarming #farmerleader #soybeans #marylandfarms

The Delmarva Chicken Association has launched a new, free mobile app designed to help growers anywhere on Delmarva who have poultry litter find customers seeking to use it as a valuable fertilizer.

The app, called Littr., is one way DCA is stepping in to help growers during the final implementation of Maryland's Phosphorous Management Tool (PMT).

Try it out by downloading from the Apple App Store or Google Play!
Learn more: bit.ly/2MCROaS
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The Delmarva Chicken Association has launched a new, free mobile app designed to help growers anywhere on Delmarva who have poultry litter find customers seeking to use it as a valuable fertilizer.
The app, called Littr., is one way DCA is stepping in to help growers during the final implementation of Marylands Phosphorous Management Tool (PMT).
Try it out by downloading from the Apple App Store or Google Play!
Learn more: https://bit.ly/2MCROaS

Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Commodity Classic will be delivered right to your farm in an alternative digital format.

Registration will open Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The registration fee is waived for the first 5,000 farmers thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors. Sign up for email updates: commodityclassic.com/
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Due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Commodity Classic will be delivered right to your farm in an alternative digital format.
Registration will open Tuesday, January 26, 2021. The registration fee is waived for the first 5,000 farmers thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors. Sign up for email updates: https://commodityclassic.com/
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Today we celebrate the timeless wisdom and unwavering fortitude of Martin Luther King Jr. May we all be inspired to serve our communities and work toward something better. #MLKDay #mymdfarmers ... See MoreSee Less

Today we celebrate the timeless wisdom and unwavering fortitude of Martin Luther King Jr. May we all be inspired to serve our communities and work toward something better. #MLKDay #MyMdFarmers

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Absolutely! 🇺🇲 Bill Bates

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The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its 14th “Book of the Year” award to Viola Butler for “Tales of the Dairy Godmother: Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish” earlier this week!


The “Book of the Year” award springs from the Foundation’s effort to identify “Accurate Ag Books,” a collection of nearly 500 books for children, teenagers and adults that accurately cover agricultural topics. Book of the Year selections are educational, help to create positive public perceptions about agriculture, inspire readers to learn more and touch their readers’ lives as well as tell the farmer’s story.


We love this book, and are proud that it’s based off of our own Chuck Fry! 😊
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Soybeans are among the top agriculture products in the state of Maryland with a value of $200 million. https://bit.ly/3ihH9OT #MyMdFarmers #FarmFriday #Soybeans #Crayons

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I didn’t know that! Wow! Thanks....

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Fact: In the state of Maryland, there are more than 35,000 motor vehicle accidents involving deer each year. Check out these tips to save your car — and your yard.
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Fact: In the state of Maryland, there are more than 35,000 motor vehicle accidents involving deer each year. Check out these tips to save your car — and your yard. 
https://bit.ly/3bwFrYf #MyMdFarmers #Deer #Maryland