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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With grant funding from the Maryland Soybean Board, University of Maryland Extension has developed a new web-based budget tool for growing soybeans.

The goal for this new tool is to allow farmers more freedom to customize inputs to better reflect their farming practices with a simple user interface. The web app allows you to download a summary of all inputs and expected profits as a PDF document for your records*.

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With grant funding from the Maryland Soybean Board, University of Maryland Extension has developed a new web-based budget tool for growing soybeans. 
The goal for this new tool is to allow farmers more freedom to customize inputs to better reflect their farming practices with a simple user interface. The web app allows you to download a summary of all inputs and expected profits as a PDF document for your records*.
Check it out: https://bit.ly/3wlHExI
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MSB Chair Belinda Burrier explains the many hats that farmers wear on a daily basis in this recent op-ed published by the Frederick News Post:
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Our FY20 Annual Report is now available on our website! Follow the link to learn more about the Maryland Soybean Board leveraged checkoff dollars to increase your bottom line: bit.ly/3rOIobg ... See MoreSee Less

Our FY20 Annual Report is now available on our website! Follow the link to learn more about the Maryland Soybean Board leveraged checkoff dollars to increase your bottom line: https://bit.ly/3rOIobg

New on-demand nutrient management webinars are now available! Several new on-demand webinars have been added to the Maryland Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Management Program’s training website for farmers who need continuing education credits.

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New on-demand nutrient management webinars are now available! Several new on-demand webinars have been added to the Maryland Department of Agricultures Nutrient Management Program’s training website for farmers who need continuing education credits. 
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Did you know? Pastures are among the best filtering device to protect the Chesapeake Bay from harmful runoff. bit.ly/320ZEzr #mymdfarmers #marylandhorses Maryland Horse Industry Board ... See MoreSee Less

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Especially when they have a pretty horse in them! 🙂

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Chicken litter used to prevent phosphorus from running into the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding water bodies — supporting local farmers to continue responsibly managing their fields while also providing a tangible benefit to the environment. bit.ly/3riI3Oq #mymdfarmers #poultry #sustainablefarming #chesapeakebay ... See MoreSee Less

Chicken litter used to prevent phosphorus from running into the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding water bodies — supporting local farmers to continue responsibly managing their fields while also providing a tangible benefit to the environment. https://bit.ly/3riI3Oq #MyMdFarmers #Poultry #SustainableFarming #ChesapeakeBay

Maryland farmers lead the way for conservation while proactively working on their soil, water and air quality. bit.ly/3rU9RYY #mymdfarmers #climatechange ... See MoreSee Less

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My Maryland Farmers

What started as a normal day of field operations quickly changed for this family farm as smoke started coming from their barn. Despite losing their barn among many other things, Horsmon Farm still has a lot to be grateful for, including a community that rallied behind them to help rebuild what was lost in the fire. bit.ly/39Bpnmn #mymdfarmers ... See MoreSee Less

What started as a normal day of field operations quickly changed for this family farm as smoke started coming from their barn. Despite losing their barn among many other things, Horsmon Farm still has a lot to be grateful for, including a community that rallied behind them to help rebuild what was lost in the fire. https://bit.ly/39Bpnmn #MyMdFarmers

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Omy so sorry

Hate to see this. Prayers sent

What a loss!

PRAYERS........GOD BLESS YOU......AMEN.............

God Bless

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