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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When DPI's College Scholarship Golf Tournament went virtual this year, we asked our allied business members to support the cause with sponsorships - and so many came through! Many thanks to these supporters, whose donations will aid the next generation of leaders in the Delmarva chicken community. #chickensteppedup ... See MoreSee Less

When DPIs College Scholarship Golf Tournament went virtual this year, we asked our allied business members to support the cause with sponsorships - and so many came through! Many thanks to these supporters, whose donations will aid the next generation of leaders in the Delmarva chicken community. #chickensteppedup

Eight students pursuing careers in Delmarva’s chicken industry will receive $2,000 scholarships through the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) College Scholarship Program. Seven of the recipients will attend undergraduate colleges in the fall, and one graduate student was awarded a scholarship. DPI has now awarded more than $150,000 through its College Scholarship Program, which began in 1985.
“By supporting these students, DPI is investing in the next generation of leadership for our chicken community,” said Holly Porter, DPI’s executive director. “Through these scholarship awards, we encourage these young people to put their education and skills to use in Delmarva’s $3.5 billion chicken economy. Their wide range of skills – from finance to veterinary care to engineering to agribusiness -- will carry forward a critical part of Delmarva’s economy and culture.”
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Congratulations!! You've earned it 🎉

Congratulations to all. The future looks bright!

Congrats Maci Carter! Love ya! I was a former recipient of this award!

Yay Jordan Wilmer and Maci Carter! Congratulations!

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Who qualifies for the scholarship

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Being all truck farmers buy produce at auction and then place it in their green house's so they can claim they grew it makes that a very good question

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