Delay seen likely on chicken fertilizer regulations

The Hogan administration is weighing a one-year delay in restrictions on fertilizing farm fields with animal manure after a Salisbury University professor said the state is not prepared to deal with the impact of the pollution-prevention regulation on Eastern Shore grain and poultry growers. Dr. Memo Diriker, Director of Salisbury’s Business Economic and Community Outreach […]

Poultry industry salutes its top performers, supporters

Twelve outstanding chicken growers and four honorees were recently recognized for their dedication to the poultry industry as Delmarva’s chicken community gathered in Salisbury for the Delmarva Poultry Industry Booster Banquet, the 1,800-member trade association’s annual membership dinner. The J. Frank Gordy Sr. Delmarva Distinguished Citizen Award, DPI’s highest honor, was presented to Clark White. […]

Perdue Farms to invest $30 million in Baltimore port

Perdue AgriBusiness, a division of Perdue Farms, will spend $30 million to open an organic grain receiving and storage facility at Tradepoint Atlantic in eastern Baltimore County to meet the rising demand for organic feed ingredients for Perdue Foods and other companies in the region. The facility will also include grain and oilseed processing/milling and […]

Poultry industry honors its top performers

Hundreds of farmers, chicken company employees, representatives of allied businesses, and friends of the Delmarva Peninsula’s chicken community gathered in Salisbury for the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s Booster Banquet, the 1,800-member trade association’s annual membership dinner. During its 62nd banquet held Wednesday, DPI honored two individuals for their work on behalf of the chicken industry and […]

Controversial poultry complex on hold

When a Virginia poultry farmer announced plans to build what would be dubbed “mega chicken farm” on North West Road near Salisbury, nearby residents staged a near-revolution that sent county government reeling. Concerns about poultry farming’s effect on public health prompted County Executive Bob Culver to hold huge Civic Center forum to address the topic. […]

North West Road poultry appeal denied

The county’s Board of Appeals’ decision not to hear a plea to the development of a large chicken farm on North West Road – an operation that will produce millions of birds every year — was upheld in court. Last fall, Wicomico County Board of Appeals members refused to hear a submission from Citizens Against […]

Perdue unveils industry-first animal care commitments

Perdue Foods has announced a renewed focus on animal care, a continuation of its focus on premium brands that meet evolving consumer expectations. Chairman Jim Perdue on Monday shared the company’s commitments to animal care, a four-part plan that will accelerate its progress in animal care, strengthen relationships with farmers, build trust with multiple stakeholder […]

Bob Culver: Zoning decisions key to poultry house debate

In recent months, Wicomico County has experienced an increase in the development of large scale chicken houses known as CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).  Many county residents have expressed concern over health and environmental impact as well as economic impact on their property, both residential and commercial. With so much misinformation and misconceptions being circulated, […]

County takes first stab at poultry zoning measures

In Wicomico County, where scenic rural areas dot the landscape in a picturesque arrangement and farm animals graze and crow, it seems odd to argue about chicken farms. Many families, for generations, have farmed and raised chicken for large poultry companies, as a way of life. Yet, in recent months, the farms have been at […]

Forum on poultry and public health scheduled Tuesday

As this week’s public forum on poultry houses nears, Wicomico County Council members have been visiting local farms to familiarize themselves with operations. A couple weeks ago, at the suggestion of Councilman Joe Holloway, the Council planned a field trip to farms, but it was canceled due to conflicting schedules, so they are visiting independently, […]