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2017 DPI National Meeting Details

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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) has hired Holly Porter as its assistant executive director.

Mrs. Porter's responsibilities for the non-profit trade association working for the Delmarva Peninsula's chicken industry will include membership development and promotion, assisting the Communications Manager on outreach programs, expanding the association's public affairs work, serving as liaison with other poultry and agricultural associations, working with the Executive Director on event and meeting planning and implementation, and assisting the Executive Director with all aspects of organization management and policy implementation.

"I'm excited to begin working for the common good of the chicken industry," Mrs. Porter said. "Delmarva's chicken industry contributes $3.2 billion annually to our economy, and it is absolutely central to the prosperity of farmers, businesses, and families from Accomack County, Virginia to Cecil County, Maryland. DPI plays a key role in keeping us strong and profitable. I intend to help our ranks grow with new members, and will work diligently to keep DPI's members informed and engaged."

Executive Director Bill Satterfield noted her outstanding background and enthusiasm as prime factors in her hiring. "We are fortunate to have Holly as part of our team with an eye toward her becoming Executive Director in early 2019," Mr. Satterfield said. "With her experiences at the largest agricultural lender on Delmarva and her marketing and policy work in Delaware government, she will hit the ground running to provide more services to our industry and our members."

Mrs. Porter comes to DPI from the Delaware Department of Agriculture, where she was a deputy principal assistant in the Office of the Secretary. Previously, she was a marketing specialist for the Delaware Department of Agriculture and also worked in marketing for MidAtlantic Farm Credit. She has served as the co-director of the LEADelaware program, as a committee member of the MidAtlantic Women in Agriculture Conference and as an advisory council member to the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program. Mrs. Porter grew up on a grain farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore, and earned a degree from Marymount University. She and her family make their home in Caroline County, Md.

Eight Delmarva Students Benefit from 2017 DPI College Scholarships

Eight Delmarva students intent on starting careers in Delmarva's chicken industry will receive $2,000 scholarships through the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) College Scholarship Program. They were among 27 high school, college, and graduate students who applied for scholarships in 2017.

Dana K. Dittoe

Kate E. Bagshaw

Lena N. Berry

Ariana Gaston

Samantha L. Kirk

Cody M. Morris

Tiffany Pham

Joshua D. Simpson

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Chicken Industry, A Mainstay of Delmarva's Economy, Shows Sensible Growth

Delmarva's chicken industry was a force for stability in 2016, keeping its bird capacity level and even slightly reducing the number of chicken houses in operation, while maintaining the total chicken produced and supporting the region's crop family farms with nearly $1 billion spent on feed ingredients. Delmarva's poultry industry used 85.4 million bushels of corn, 35.5 million bushels of soybeans and 1.7 million bushels of wheat last year. Payments by chicken companies to contract growers on family farms rose 6 percent in 2016, and wages earned by the 14,500 people directly employed by the region's five chicken companies also rose, by 7.7 percent, to $663 million.

"Nearly every business on Delmarva – including small businesses – is positively affected by the chicken industry," said Bill Satterfield, DPI's executive director. "These numbers reinforce just how important the chicken industry is to the region, and they show the industry growing at a calm, sustainable pace."


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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