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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Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company recently announced their goal to phase out all petroleum from its products by the year 2040, using soybean oil in its place!

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Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company recently announced their goal to phase out all petroleum from its products by the year 2040, using soybean oil in its place!
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Researchers have identified genes in soybean plants with natural resistance to nematodes that feed on soybean roots and are now using that information to bring new tools to farmers in the fight against soybean cyst nematode (SCN). ... See MoreSee Less

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The Delaware Soybean Board has released their request for proposals for soybean promotion and communication projects funded by the soybean checkoff program.

Priority project areas identified in the DSB Strategic Plan for communication and promotion projects are Animal Agriculture, Consumer Education, Emerging Markets, Production, Regulation, and Technology. Project proposals outside these areas will also be considered.

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The Delaware Soybean Board has released their request for proposals for soybean promotion and communication projects funded by the soybean checkoff program. 
Priority project areas identified in the DSB Strategic Plan for communication and promotion projects are Animal Agriculture, Consumer Education, Emerging Markets, Production, Regulation, and Technology. Project proposals outside these areas will also be considered.
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Let us celebrate greatness and remember those who fought for our country. Happy Memorial Day!

Children and grandchildren of grain producers are eligible for college scholarships awarded by Mountaire Farms!

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Children and grandchildren of grain producers are eligible for college scholarships awarded by Mountaire Farms!
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Last night we had the opportunity to attend a grain bin rescue training presented by Nationwide and the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS). In less than 10 seconds, an individual can become entrapped in grain, with a 40% chance they will come out alive. We are thankful for Maryland Farm Bureau who supported the purchase of a grain bin rescue tube for this local community, and for NECAS, whose training and rescue programs have resulted in 23 lives saved nationwide.

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This all well and good. I believe this system is good and useable thing don’t get me wrong. But every time I see this system training or demonstration the victim is in a “standing” position. Never ever see anything shown with the victim laying down on their belly, side, or back. Only ever seen this demonstrated in Facebook post or YouTube videos so I have never gotten the opportunity to speak up and say real life situations aren’t always this straight forward. Is there another system that isn’t designed to just be used on a victim that isn’t “standing” straight up and down?

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The LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. is now accepting applications from interested candidates to participate in LEAD Maryland Class XII (2022-23). The application will remain open until October 1.

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The LEAD Maryland Foundation, Inc. is now accepting applications from interested candidates to participate in LEAD Maryland Class XII (2022-23). The application will remain open until October 1. 
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The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Regulation Section has announced the 2021 dates and drop-off locations for its Pesticide Container Recycling Program. On certain days from June through September farmers and other pesticide users can recycle used plastic pesticide containers at no cost at locations in Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico counties.

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The Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Regulation Section has announced the 2021 dates and drop-off locations for its Pesticide Container Recycling Program. On certain days from June through September farmers and other pesticide users can recycle used plastic pesticide containers at no cost at locations in Frederick, Harford, Kent, Montgomery, Talbot, Washington, and Wicomico counties.
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More #RuralRoadSafety tips from Maryland Soybean Board. When you see a Slow Moving Vehicle (SMV), slow down immediately and increase following distance. Note that SMVs operators may have poor visibility due to loads and equipment in tow, so remain visible. Towed equipment may also sway. #ShareTheRoad ... See MoreSee Less

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Why do cows have hooves instead of feet?
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The Pun Police have you on their "Person of interest" list .

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Dairy is good for you and made with care for the planet… The carbon footprint of a glass of milk is two-thirds less than it was 70 years ago, yet it still has the same nutritional benefits and great taste. bit.ly/2rhiVL5
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Dairy is good for you and made with care for the planet… The carbon footprint of a glass of milk is two-thirds less than it was 70 years ago, yet it still has the same nutritional benefits and great taste. https://bit.ly/2rhiVL5
#MyMdFarmers #UndeniablyDairy #NationalDairyMonth

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Bonito la leche

La direcion no está.

Michael Moore produces more methane than a herd of dairy cows.

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Maryland should legalize RAW Dairy

Please step up these sorts of articles. Certain politicians want to shut down major segments of farming over ridiculous nonsense like cow flatulence, when the source of most air pollution now is foreign countries refusing to follow best industrial practices.

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If you don't see them, you can definitely hear them. It's the year for Brood X cicadas. Maryland farmer weighs in on farming practices to minimize the amount of damage to trees and crops. bit.ly/3w0rb1x #mymdfarmers #cicadas ... See MoreSee Less

If you dont see them, you can definitely hear them. Its the year for Brood X cicadas. Maryland farmer weighs in on farming practices to minimize the amount of damage to trees and crops. https://bit.ly/3w0rb1x #MyMdFarmers #Cicadas

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I HAVEN’T SEEN OR HEARD A SINGLE ONE!!!! 😔

He said they are loud.

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NEW BLOG: Maryland Farm Welcomes Thousands of "Guests" bit.ly/3vVEKPL #MyMdFarmers #cicadas ... See MoreSee Less

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