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DPI Urges Maryland Department of Agriculture to Stop PMT Regulation

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. has submitted comments to the Maryland Department of Agriculture prior to the close of the public comment period on December 31 asking it to stop adoption of the proposed Phosphorus Management Tool regulation printed in the December 1, 2014 Maryland Register.
    Among other things, DPI made these points.

  • The proposed PMT regulations cannot quantify the amount of phosphorus that will not reach the Chesapeake Bay.
  • There are serious questions about the economic benefits of these regulations.
  • There are serious questions about state financial assistance to help farmers cope with the proposed regulations.
  • Larger sources of phosphorus pollution need to be addressed more aggressively.
  • Rather than rushing to adopt a politically driven regulation, the 2017 mid-point update of the Chesapeake Bay Model should be completed and used so decisions can be made based upon the most current data.
Click here to read the complete letter.

DPI Offers a New Electric Generator Demand Response Program

It's time for chicken growers to enroll in the new DPI-sponsored electric generator Demand Response Program. This is the program that will pay growers twice a year for making their electric generators available to the local power grid during the summer at times of high electric demand.

Chicken growers on the Maryland Eastern Shore and the Virginia Eastern Shore, whether they are served by Delmarva Power, the Choptank Electric Cooperative, or the A & N Electric Cooperative, generally are eligible to participate. Only farms with at least two chicken houses qualify. Unfortunately, because of stricter air quality regulations in Delaware, our Delaware members cannot take advantage of this DPI program.

Growers can anticipate being called upon to run their generators once or twice per summer when the power grid is under high peak load conditions. Growers will earn income from the program regardless of whether the PJM grid operator calls an actual emergency event or just a prescheduled one-hour test event. Participating farms can expect to receive between several hundred dollars to more than $1,000 per year with larger farms earning more.

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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Offers College Scholarships

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. College Scholarship Program. Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available to residents of the Delmarva Peninsula in the amount of $1,500 or more.

Applications must be completed and received at the following address by April 1, 2015.

Click here for more information and application details and 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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