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Delaware Agriculture Week – January 9 is Poultry Day

Delaware Agriculture Week will be held in Harrington at the Delaware State Fairgrounds from January 9 - 12, 2017 with Poultry Day being Monday, January 9. Delaware Agriculture Week provides useful and timely information to the agricultural community through meetings and events. In addition, it is a great time to visit with chicken growers.

The associated trade show will take place in the Dover Building from Monday afternoon, January 9 to Thursday January 12.

Delaware and Maryland pesticide certification credits, Nutrient Management credits and Certified Crop Advisor credits will be offered.

Delaware Agriculture Week is in its 12th year and is an ongoing collaboration between the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, Delaware State University Cooperative Extension and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.

The January 9 Poultry Day schedule:

2:00 p.m.
Welcome and Announcements

2:05 p.m.
Windrow Composting Procedures
Bud Malone, Malone Poultry Consulting

2:45 p.m.
Disease Suppression with Windrow Composting
Dr. Ken Macklin, Poultry Extension Specialist, Auburn University

3:25 p.m.
Break/Visit with Exhibitors

3:45 p.m.
Crediting Delaware Agriculture through Chesapeake Bay Partnership Models and
Documenting Success through Monitoring
Rich Batiuk, Associate Director for Science, Analysis and Implementation, U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, Chesapeake Bay Program Office

4:30 p.m.
Environmental Stewardship Award
Chris Brosch, Nutrient Management Program Administrator, Delaware Department of

4:55 p.m.
Dinner/Visit with Exhibitors

6:10 p.m.
Electrical and Farm Safety Strategies
Dr. Jon Moyle, Poultry Specialist, University of Maryland Extension
Jenny Rhodes, Agriculture Educator, University of Maryland Extension

6:55 p.m.
Biosecurity...It's Up to You!
Amy Syester, Account Manager, Chemtrade

7:20 p.m.
Poultry Air Emissions and Mitigation Technologies
Dr. Hong Li, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware

7:45 p.m.
Vegetative and Biomass Buffers for Emissions and Environmental Stewardship
Dr. Paul Patterson, Professor of Poultry Science, Pennsylvania State University

8:10 p.m.

A workshop on vegetative buffers near chicken houses, like these, is part of Poultry Day during Delaware Agriculture Week.

DPI Offers College Scholarships

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. has opened the application period for its 2017 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. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva's chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member or a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI could be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched. Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 3, 2017: DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881.

For more information and application forms, click here.

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Hires First Communications Manager

As part of its new comprehensive communications program, DPI has created a position of Communications Manager to coordinate and manage the organization's outreach efforts. Hired to lead the effort is veteran newspaper reporter and editor James Fisher of Milton, Delaware.

Mr. Fisher has made his home on Delmarva since 2003. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 13 years, covering all kinds of stories - including many stories on agriculture and the poultry industry - for The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, and most recently for The News Journal in Delaware. Examples of his science reporting were recognized with an award in 2015 by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. In that line of work, he has seen up close how communication among agriculture, the public, government, and other industries has evolved.

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Maryland Legislators Learn about the Chicken Industry

Members of the Maryland General Assembly's environmental committees spent today on the Eastern Shore visiting three farms, including a chicken farm in Queen Anne's County. Grower Jenny Rhodes hosted the group and for quite a few of the guests, it was their first time on a chicken farm, though they help set state policy for chicken industry issues.

Our thanks to the members for their interest in learning about our industry.

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