Chicken Day in Annapolis
One of the most popular legislative functions in Maryland is the Chicken Day in Annapolis lunch, sponsored by the Eastern Shore Delegation, DPI, and this year with MidAtlantic Farm Credit. Held in the Lowe House Office Building, the event, in its 3rd year, has grown in popularity annually.
This year, 95 of the 188 members of the General Assembly attended, with representation from each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City. As well, Maryland Department of Agriculture Secretary Buddy Hance and Deputy Secretary Mary Ellen Setting, Department of Business and Economic Development Secretary Dominick Murray, and Comptroller Peter Franchot were there.
In addition, nearly 200 staff persons for House and Senate members enjoyed delicious barbecue chicken from Eming's in Bishopville, Maryland and fried chicken from Holly's Restaurant near Kent Island. By the end, nearly every morsel was consumed.
New Data Show Economic Impact of Delmarva Chicken Industry
New data compiled by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. for 2013 show that the Delmarva Peninsula's chicken industry remains an essential part of the local and regional economy.
While bird production and expenditures largely were unchanged from 2012, the industry provides billions of dollars of local economic activity. In 2013, bird production was up by seven million and total pounds produced were up 43 million. Employment remained about the same as did the number of chicken growers and chicken houses. The feed bill was up by $45 million. Corn and soybean use remained about the same. The most significant change from the prior year was the amount of wheat used for feed. Wheat use was up about seven-fold, but remains small compared to corn and soybeans. There were very few changes in the remaining categories.
To see the complete data set, click here.
DPI Opens 2014 College Scholarship Program
Candidates are being sought for the 2014 DPI College Scholarship Program. Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that will be awarded in the spring.
Applications must be received at the DPI office, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947, by April 1, 2014.
Click here for details and application materials.
Funding for the DPI College Scholarship Program is generated by proceeds from an annual DPI Golf Tournament to be held June 18, 2014 at the Green Hill Country Club near Salisbury, Maryland.
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