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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Delaware Soybean Board

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UD Cooperative Extension will hold a virtual Soybean Insect Pest ID TONIGHT at 7:30!

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The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA)'s Pesticide Section, in cooperation with the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), continues to provide an empty pesticide container recycling program, with the next drop off date being this Thursday!

HDPE pesticide containers are being collected at the Sussex Conservation District maintenance yard in Georgetown on the third Thursday of every month through October.
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HDPE pesticide containers are being collected at the Sussex Conservation District maintenance yard in Georgetown on the third Thursday of every month through October.

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Maryland Soybean Board

The Maryland Soybean Board and SAM enjoyed seeing farmers at the Maryland Commodity last week!

Learn how SAM encourages drivers to Slow down, Assess their surroundings, and Move with caution when they encounter farm equipment on the roadways: findmedriving.com/

Still want a shirt? Join us at our research field day on August 11 at the Wye Research and Education Center for an opportunity to get yours!
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SNEAK PEAK: We are so excited to be back in person at this year’s Maryland Commodity Classic, we are bringing back everyone’s favorite shirts!

Join us and the Maryland Grain Producers TOMORROW at the Queen Anne’s 4-H Park to grab yours while you learn about the latest checkoff-funded research, hear state grain updates, enjoy a crab feast, and more!

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SNEAK PEAK: We are so excited to be back in person at this year’s Maryland Commodity Classic, we are bringing back everyone’s favorite shirts!
Join us and the Maryland Grain Producers TOMORROW at the Queen Anne’s 4-H Park to grab yours while you learn about the latest checkoff-funded research, hear state grain updates, enjoy a crab feast, and more!
Preregistration is highly encouraged: https://bit.ly/3hSkVnJ

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I’d love one of those but doubt I’ll make it the classic. If there are extras....... ❤️😀

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Soybeans across the state are blooming and beginning to set pods. While soybean flowers have the ability to self pollinate, the flowering soybean is attractive to bees and studies have shown that pollination results in increased soybean yield.

Maryland soybean farmers recognize the importance of pollinators and use practices to protect and promote their health. Learn More: honeybeehealthcoalition.org/soybmps/

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Soybeans across the state are blooming and beginning to set pods. While soybean flowers have the ability to self pollinate, the flowering soybean is attractive to bees and studies have shown that pollination results in increased soybean yield.
Maryland soybean farmers recognize the importance of pollinators and use practices to protect and promote their health. Learn More: https://honeybeehealthcoalition.org/soybmps/
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Local farmers and industry professionals are invited to join us to learn about checkoff-funded research out in the field and enjoy a snakehead fish fry and barbeque dinner! Although this is a free event, pre-registration is encouraged: msbfieldday2021.eventbrite.com

Research to be featured includes a spray drone demonstration, use of forage soybeans to control deer damage, evaluation of growth-promoting projects, variety trials, cover crops, and weed management. Various CEUs will be available. We hope to see you there!
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Research to be featured includes a spray drone demonstration, use of forage soybeans to control deer damage, evaluation of growth-promoting projects, variety trials, cover crops, and weed management. Various CEUs will be available. We hope to see you there!

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Celebrate Maryland Farmers' Market Week by visiting a nearby market and buy local products. bit.ly/2TRTxNG #MyMdFarmers #FarmersMarketWeek #buylocal ... See MoreSee Less

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In the state of Maryland, how many acres are dedicated to growing watermelon?
A. over 3,700 acres
B. over 4,500 acres
C. over 5,300 acres
D. over 6,000 acres

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In the state of Maryland, how many acres are dedicated to growing watermelon? 
A. over 3,700 acres
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C. over 5,300 acres 
D. over 6,000 acres 
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I will say b. Everyone loves watermelon 🍉🍉🍉🍉

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Nothing says summer treat more than ice cream. And, when you choose an ice cream made in Maryland, the taste just gets sweeter. Head to our blog to get the scoop on local ice cream. bit.ly/31fKVkF #MyMdFarmers #NationalIceCreamMonth ... See MoreSee Less

Nothing says summer treat more than ice cream. And, when you choose an ice cream made in Maryland, the taste just gets sweeter. Head to our blog to get the scoop on local ice cream. https://bit.ly/31fKVkF #MyMdFarmers #NationalIceCreamMonth