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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Here's a sneak peak of our 2020 Annual Report! You can read the full report on our website: bit.ly/3q6jVxe ... See MoreSee Less

Heres a sneak peak of our 2020 Annual Report! You can read the full report on our website: https://bit.ly/3q6jVxe

This year's virtual Commodity Classic will include three sessions featuring the United Soybean Board! Join and learn about the State of U.S. Soy, winners of the Soy Innovation Challenge, and Communicating Outside of Our Circle.

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This years virtual Commodity Classic will include three sessions featuring the United Soybean Board! Join and learn about the State of U.S. Soy, winners of the Soy Innovation Challenge, and Communicating Outside of Our Circle. 
View the full schedule and register: www.commodityclassic.com

Interested in learning more about checkoff funded production research? The Soybean Research and Information Network is an excellent tool to find information on managing soybean pests, diseases, and more funded by checkoff boards across the nation.
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Interested in learning more about checkoff funded production research? The Soybean Research and Information Network is an excellent tool to find information on managing soybean pests, diseases, and more funded by checkoff boards across the nation. 
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Through the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Penn State University is conducting a research project on agricultural producer’s awareness about grain bin hazards and safety and their willingness to implement new safety practices into their operation. Anyone who works around or owns a grain bin is eligible to participate in the survey. Survey participants will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 $75 Visa gift cards. To participate in the survey, click on the following link and complete by March 15, 2021: pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8D15JcDC4uKShf ... See MoreSee Less

Through the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety, Penn State University is conducting a research project on agricultural producer’s awareness about grain bin hazards and safety and their willingness to implement new safety practices into their operation. Anyone who works around or owns a grain bin is eligible to participate in the survey. Survey participants will be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 $75 Visa gift cards. To participate in the survey, click on the following link and complete by March 15, 2021: https://pennstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b8D15JcDC4uKShf
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The Maryland Soybean Board praises the Maryland Department of Transportation for their innovative consideration of farmers in their recently released 2021-2025 Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan is the latest update to identify strategies and actions to eliminate fatalities on all Maryland roadways. This update is the first of which to address rural communities and farm equipment concerns.

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The Maryland Soybean Board praises the Maryland Department of Transportation for their innovative consideration of farmers in their recently released 2021-2025 Maryland Strategic Highway Safety Plan. The plan is the latest update to identify strategies and actions to eliminate fatalities on all Maryland roadways. This update is the first of which to address rural communities and farm equipment concerns.
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Most Midwestern farmers wish they could turn the clock back on soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Fortunately, Mid-Atlantic states are still at an early SCN stage. Education and regular testing can prevent it from being the plague that it is in the Corn Belt.

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Most Midwestern farmers wish they could turn the clock back on soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Fortunately, Mid-Atlantic states are still at an early SCN stage. Education and regular testing can prevent it from being the plague that it is in the Corn Belt.
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Farmers: Complete your Annual Implementation Reporting Form today. Forms are due to the Nutrient Management Program by March 1. New this year, you can complete your form online using Maryland OneStop.
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Farmers: Complete your Annual Implementation Reporting Form today. Forms are due to the Nutrient Management Program by March 1. New this year, you can complete your form online using Maryland OneStop. 
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While soybeans have many uses, the majority grown in Maryland are sold to the animal agriculture sector, where they are crushed into soybean meal and used for feed. Learn about how Maryland soybeans are fueling food donations across the state: bit.ly/3bl2t2z

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While soybeans have many uses, the majority grown in Maryland are sold to the animal agriculture sector, where they are crushed into soybean meal and used for feed. Learn about how Maryland soybeans are fueling food donations across the state: https://bit.ly/3bl2t2z
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Horses are more than just a part of Maryland's history and heritage, the industry is an important contribution to state's economy and way of life. bit.ly/2NsduXT #mymdfarmers #marylandhorses 📷 : Maryland Horse Industry Board ... See MoreSee Less

Horses are more than just a part of Marylands history and heritage, the industry is an important contribution to states economy and way of life. https://bit.ly/2NsduXT #MyMdFarmers #MarylandHorses 📷 : Maryland Horse Industry Board

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Time this industry is replaced.

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Meet Mary Archer Stewart, Maryland farmer and mother of five. With her family, Mary created Fawn View Farm, a first generation crop farm located in Harford County. While working on the farm may not always be easy, the work is not biased - it's there for anyone with the confidence to tackle it. Mary believes just like anything, you get out of it what you are willing to put into it. Learn more: bit.ly/3uTpy5N #mymdfarmers #womeninag #womensmonth #HerStory #femalefarmers #farmHer ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Mary Archer Stewart, Maryland farmer and mother of five. With her family, Mary created Fawn View Farm, a first generation crop farm located in Harford County. While working on the farm may not always be easy, the work is not biased - its there for anyone with the confidence to tackle it. Mary believes just like anything, you get out of it what you are willing to put into it. Learn more: https://bit.ly/3uTpy5N #MyMdFarmers #WomeninAg #WomensMonth #Herstory #FemaleFarmers #FarmHer

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Congratulations Mary you are a wonderful example of what women are capable of doing.

Great job Mary!!! So well deserved. I have never met a more hard-working person in my life. Your passions and work ethic are bar none. #farmgirlsrock.

My son speaks so highly of you two. Congrats and continued good luck

You are an inspiration to so many young women. Great job Mary

Great job Mary Mary Archer Stewart🚜🌽🐄

Congratulations Mary ❤️

How awesome ! Congratulations 😊

We are always so inspired by you, Mary! Good job!!

Women have always been farmers and I’m glad to see there are women who are interested in keeping farming going.

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Why do people spell Harford Co. Hartford?

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From horse racing and breeding to rodeo, therapy programs, rescue and more, the Maryland Horse industry supports close to 30,000 jobs. bit.ly/2NsduXT #mymdfarmers #marylandhorses 📷 : Maryland Horse Industry Board ... See MoreSee Less

From horse racing and breeding to rodeo, therapy programs, rescue and more, the Maryland Horse industry supports close to 30,000 jobs. https://bit.ly/2NsduXT #MyMdFarmers #MarylandHorses 📷 : Maryland Horse Industry Board