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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19 hours ago

Delaware Soybean Board

👏This weekend!!

5th Annual Ronnie Blessing Memorial Sporting Clay ShootMarch 25, 2018, 9:00amOwens Station Sporting Clays LLCRegistration at the clubhouse 8-11:30 a.m
Shooting starts at 9 a.m
Must be on the course by Noon

Adult shooter $65
Youth shooter $45 (17 & under)
Non-shooter/lunch only $10 per person

Sponsorship opportunities
Gold - $300
Silver - $200
Bronze - $100

Message Kellie Blessing for more information

Sponsors must be received by March 1st to be included on posters.

**All proceeds go to the Ronnie Blessing Scholarship Fund **
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Congratulations to Jon Snow and Rick Dickerson, part of the 34th class of American Soybean Association (ASA) DuPont Young Leaders who completed their training, Feb. 25 – March 2, 2018 in conjunction with the annual Commodity Classic Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.

“The ASA DuPont Young Leader Program has provided the soybean industry and all of agriculture strong and well-connected leaders,” ASA President John Heisdorffer said. “The program fosters innovation, provides a forward looking training opportunity that fosters collaboration and strengthens the voice of the farmer. We are grateful to DowDuPont for their commitment to this program and for helping secure the future of the soybean industry.”

While in Anaheim, the Young Leaders participated in leadership and marketing training, issues updates and discussion and were recognized at ASA’s annual awards banquet.

The 2018 class of ASA DuPont Young Leaders includes: James Wray (AR); Rick Dickerson (DE); Jonathan Snow (DE); Joshua Plunk (IL); Chris Steele (IN); Chris Gaesser & Shannon Lizakowski (IA); Kevin & Kim Kohls (KS); Jared & Kimy Nash (KS); Clay & Lindsey Wells (KY); Caleb & Jordan Frey (LA); Walter & Kristen Grezaffi (LA); Brian & Michelle Washburn (MI); Scott & Polly Wilson (MI); Adam & Melanie Guetter (MN); James Locke (MS); Tyler Clay (MS); Dane Diehl & Erica Wagenknecht (MO); Kevin & Heather Kucera (NE); Scott Langemeier (NE); Philip & Lindsay Sloop (NC); Logan Ferry (ND); Justin Cowman (OH); Kevin & Brianna Deinert (SD); Jordan & Samantha Scott (SD); Charlie & Bettye Jane Roberts (TN); AJ Teal (TN); Tanner Johnson (WI); Pat & Sheri Mullooly (WI); and Ann & Jeff Vermeersch (Ontario, Canada).

“It is critically important that our industry have strong leaders who are well-equipped to advocate for policies that benefit farmers,” said Krysta Harden, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Sustainability Officer, Corteva Agriscience™, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont™. “I am so proud of these young leaders who are stepping forward to ensure the farmer’s voice is heard.”
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"Soil health is the continued capacity of a soil to
function as a vital, living ecosystem that sustains
plants, animals, and humans. Only living things can
have “health,” so viewing soil as a living, breathing
ecosystem reflects a shift in the way we view and
manage our nation’s soils."

We're proud to note that many Maryland farmers follow the principles outlined in this fact sheet!
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4 days ago

Maryland Soybean Board

Thanks to all of our poultry growers who serve up plenty of Maryland soybeans!DPI celebrates National Poultry Day today by showcasing a few of the chicken farmers we've honored as Outstanding Growers. These are the families who put chicken on our plates. #NationalPoultryDay #ThankAPoultryFarmer ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Maryland Soybean Board

Southern Maryland farmers - Mark your calendar for Thursday night's town hall. Even if you don't raise livestock, this meeting pertains to you. Poultry and livestock consume more than 98% of domestic soybean meal. Please support your local feed markets!

Town Hall Meeting for All SOMD Livestock/Meat ProducersMarch 22, 2018, 5:00pm15035 Burnt Store Rd, Hughesville, MD 20637-2699, United StatesSMADC will hold a ‘town hall’ meeting to discuss Meat Processing in Southern Maryland on March 22, 2018 in Hughesville.

All regional livestock/meat producers of beef, lamb, pork, goat and poultry are encouraged to participate in this important opportunity to discuss their needs for mitigating transportation costs, lessening turnaround time and giving quality assurance and traceability to their products.

For more information and registration, please see the link above.

In attendance:

SMADC Board Members and Chairman

SMADC Director

TCCSMD Executive Director

Southern Maryland Meats Steering Committee Members

SMM Livestock and Marketing Specialist

If you have any further questions, please contact Craig Sewell at csewell@smadc.com or 301-274-1922 ex. 1

Please share widely with your networks, community feedback and engagement is important to us.
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4 days ago

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

DPI celebrates National Poultry Day today by showcasing a few of the chicken farmers we've honored as Outstanding Growers. These are the families who put chicken on our plates. #NationalPoultryDay #ThankAPoultryFarmer ... See MoreSee Less

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19 hours ago

My Maryland Farmers

Only two more days until our local farm goodies GIVEAWAY! Share this photo OR show us how you are celebrating Maryland Ag Week by tagging #MyMdFarmers in your social post. Winners to be randomly selected and announced on Saturday! #MdAgWeek***GIVEAWAY*** Why celebrate ONE day when you can celebrate ALL WEEK? We want to know how you are celebrating. SHARE this post and tag #MyMdFarmers for a chance to win some local farm goodies. bit.ly/2FIHk5u #MdAgWeek #NationalAgDay ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

My Maryland Farmers

Beechnut Farms’ owners welcomed generations of students to their farm for tours every year. Now here’s a chance for the community to give back, and help this century farm stay in the Harcum family.

Beef and Dumpling Fundraiser!April 15, 2018, 12:00pmDelmar VFW Post 8276Help the Harcum Family SAVE Beechnut Farms! Join us April 15th, for Food and Fun!

Beef and Dumplings Dinner - $15.00 a person/ticket
FOR TICKETS: Contact Rebecca Harcum or Hailey Fretz by Direct Message.

Includes: Beef, Dumplings, Mash Potatoes, Gravy, Green Beans, Rolls, and a choice of tea, coffee, or water. (Bar Purchases Available)

Baked Goods Available!
Basket Raffles!
Meet Farm Owners William Blan Harcum Jr and Rebecca Harcum!
And more!

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