Anti-Chicken Industry Legislation Introduced in Maryland

Call to Action

Two identical bills have been introduced into the Maryland Senate and Maryland House of Delegates. They are bad bills that will be harmful to the Eastern Shore chicken industry. We need your help to fight them.

We urge you to contact all committee members as soon as possible to explain why you are against Senate Bill 496 and House Bill 599. You can read the bills using the links below.

HB 599

SB 496

Click here to see reasons why this is bad legislation for the chicken industry and the state of Maryland and how to reach members of the two General Assembly committees that will consider these bills on February 23 and 24.

New Chicken Grower Biosecurity Video Available

The University of Maryland Extension, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has developed the first of three Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza biosecurity videos. We encourage you to take 7 minutes to view the video to reinforce important messages about protecting Delmarva's chicken industry.

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Members to Save More Than $1 Million

Starting with December electric bills, Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI), the trade association for the peninsula's chicken industry, has formed an Electric Buying Group that will save its Delmarva Power electric customers more than $1 million over the next three years.

Over the last few months, DPI recruited its business and grower members to become part of the organization's 7th electric buying group. This effort has allowed DPI to execute a three-year fixed price electric supply contract with WGL Energy (formerly known as Washington Gas Energy Services). For the more than 200 DPI members in the program, their new fixed rate will be 7.78 cents per kilowatt-hour and that should result in a substantial savings versus their expiring rate. Thanks to the work of Ed Jackson and Affinity Energy Management, this is the second lowest contract rate executed for electricity since the first DPI Electric Buying Group in 2006.

Additionally, the fixed generation supply price of 7.78 cents per kilowatt-hour also is substantially lower than Delmarva Power's equivalent default tariff supply rates that members would have paid had they not become part of the DPI buying group.

By banding together more than 200 DPI members and their nearly 500 electric accounts in the 7th Electric Buying Group, DPI was able to leverage its buying power for the benefit of the entire group through a rigorous vendor selection process. Over the three-year life of the agreement, DPI estimates its members will save more than one million dollars.

State laws allow groups like DPI to aggregate their Delmarva Power customers together to buy electricity at a lower rate. DPI is not permitted to offer such a program to its members served by the A & N Electric Cooperative, the Choptank Electric Cooperative, the Delaware Electric Cooperative, or members served by municipal electric systems.

Nationwide Survey Reveals Nearly 80 Percent of Americans Mistakenly Believe Chicken Contains Added Hormones or Steroids

The National Chicken Council has released new national survey findings on consumers' perceptions about chicken production, revealing that nearly 80 percent of Americans mistakenly believe that chicken contains added hormones or steroids, when in fact no chicken sold or raised in the U.S. is given hormones or steroids.

In fact, the USDA has banned all hormones and steroids in poultry since the 1950s. Good breeding, proper nutrition, care by a veterinarian, and better living conditions all contribute to the healthier growth of birds.

Click here for more survey data and the facts about the chicken industry.

DPI Seeks Scholarship Applicants

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. has opened the application period for its 2016 College Scholarship Program. Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva's chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An official transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. Additionally, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva's chicken industry.

Applications must be completed and received at the DPI offices on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 1, 2016.

Click here for details and application forms.

About DPI

DPI is the nonprofit trade association working for the continued progress of the meat chicken industry in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

In existence since 1948, DPI's members include more than 1,000 farm families raising chickens, five companies producing birds on Delmarva, and hundreds of chicken company employees, hundreds of allied industry suppliers of products and services, and Delmarva-based, non-chicken businesses that recognize the important work DPI does to keep the local chicken industry strong.

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.
16686 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947-4881
(302) 856-9037


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