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 Delaware Soybean Board is currently requesting proposals from researchers focused on soybean production to benefit First State farmers. The deadline to apply is December 15, 2021.

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Rain this week has many farmers taking a break from harvest, but last week was our busiest yet checking yields for the Delaware Soybean Yield Contest!

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Soybeans are an important ingredient in livestock and poultry feeds, providing protein and valuable nutrients to the animals that eat them. Tune into Maryland Farm & Harvest tonight to learn how soybeans and other grains are turned into high-quality chicken feed on the Delmarva!

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The Maryland Soybean Board welcomes Joshua Appenzeller of Sudlersville as the new Chairman of the Board. The board also elected Eddie Boyle of Cordova as Vice Chairman, and two new farmer-directors to the board.

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Congratulations Josh!

Congrats neighbor!

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Thank a farmer because without them we would not have food on our table year around.. God Bless our FARMERS.🙏 👍

Thanks for your service to our house for the food you grow and for the milk we consume Happy Thanksgiving to you.all

I love whole milk real butter real cream! Thankyou and Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy blessed thanksgiving to all farmers and their family!!! ❤️❤️❤️💯💯💯🙏🙏🙏🌹🦃 Farmers dun rest on holidays.

Nice video. Thank you! God bless.

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And my dad said many times as we were growing up “Get moving. Cows don’t milk themselves.”

Thank All The Farmers. We had a farm to go to every summer thanks to Grandma And Grampa Madux. We had a blast on the farm every summer. After Chores

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We had chickens on my Dads farm may years past.

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