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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2 days ago

Delaware Soybean Board

Powered by #soybeans.Happy National Pork Month! Pigs may not look fast, but they sure can hustle when they have to- could you keep up? ... See MoreSee Less

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Delaware Soybean Board

Herbicide resistant Palmer amaranth: @baxterfarmsinc went old-school and hand-pulled these this week. It’s an investment in his future by reducing the seed bank. And it’s the right thing to do for his farm and his neighbors. Please scout your fields and pull Palmer, and send it to the dump. It’s going to seed now so CHOPCHOP! Literally. 👏 #soybeans #weedcontrol #gettingdownanddirty #thankyou @ Georgetown, Delaware ... See MoreSee Less

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As #DPINtlMtg starts to wrap up, we're recognizing eight members of Delmarva's chicken community with Outstanding Flock Supervisor awards for excelling at "increasingly difficult and complex jobs," as DPI President Todd Baker notes. Seated, L-R: Wade Parks, Amick Farms; George Sherman, Perdue Farms; Steve Windsor, Mountaire Farms. Standing, left to right: Matt Campbell, Mountaire Farms; Izaak Donohoe, Perdue Foods; Emily Markey, Perdue Foods. Not pictured: Jessica Crabtree of Allen Harim and Todd Hite, Jr. of Tyson Foods. ... See MoreSee Less

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7 days ago

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

It’s Day 2 of the #DPINtlMtg, and flock supervisors are already involved in the Live Production session, while viruses and vaccines are our Poultry Health session topic. Sponsors include Anpario, Aviagen, Elanco and Evonik. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

The #DPINtlMtg is underway, thanks to sponsors including Huvepharma, Live Oak Bank, Boehringer Ingelheim, Farm Credit and Merck. The morning’s first session was dedicated to animal antibiotic stewardship. ... See MoreSee Less

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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

The #DPINtlMtg is getting started with an opening reception, sponsored by Merck. Welcome to the event, everyone! ... See MoreSee Less

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No farms, no food. Let's show some love and gratitude to our hardworking farmers. Happy Farmer's Day! bit.ly/1hlTAZu #MyMdFarmers #FarmersDay ... See MoreSee Less

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Jackpot. When you realize it's Friday AND Porktober. bit.ly/1hlTAZu #MyMdFarmers #Porktober ... See MoreSee Less

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Celebrate Agriculture Education Day this weekend at the Y Worry Farm, Pumpkin Patch & Christmas Tree Shoppe. Experience a day on the farm with petting animals, pony rides, pumpkin picking and more! bit.ly/2yiIHkW #MyMdFarmers ... See MoreSee Less

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