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World Premieres of New Documentary on History of Delmarva's Chicken Industry Cluck, Pluck, and Luck Planned for Salisbury, Maryland and Georgetown, Delaware

After nearly a year of research, interviews, production, and editing, the new documentary about the early years of Delmarva's chicken industry soon will be premiered at two locations. We invite you to attend one or both of the late April world premieres.

Produced by 302 Stories, Inc. and Berkana, Center for Media and Education, Inc., this hour-long documentary will show highlights of the early years of the local chicken industry, from its improbable formation in the 1920s through the 1960s. Photographs, early motion pictures, and interviews with persons knowledgeable about the early years are sure to make this an interesting and entertaining film. Click here for details.

Proposed New Maryland Environmental Regulation Gains Support

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, the Maryland Department of Agriculture, and leading Democrats in the Maryland General Assembly on March 18 reached agreement on a new Phosphorus Management Tool regulation that has received support from agricultural groups including Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. and some groups in the environmental industry.  This will halt an effort to place this farm management tool into state statute, a situation that would limit the state's ability to make changes if changes are indicated.  A regulation allows a more nimble system of change.

The new proposal offers a common sense plan to limit farmland applications of phosphorus, with full implementation by 2024.  It also allows, if necessary, two one-year pauses in the implementation schedule if there are not adequate resources to help chicken growers struggling to find homes for their manure due to less farmland being eligible for manure applications.  An advisory committee will meet at least annually to study the manure issues and make recommendations to the Maryland Secretary of Agriculture on the level of available resources.

A spokesman for Governor Hogan issued this statement.  "The Hogan administration has worked closely with the agricultural and environmental communities as well as legislators to find a balanced plan for limiting phosphorus and we are pleased that all sides are on board with this approach.  There has always been agreement on the problem: there's too much phosphorous, nitrogen, and sediment entering the Chesapeake Bay.  Now we have agreement on a solution that represents one of the most important steps forward in environmental policy in last decade.  We thank all parties for their hard work on this critical issue."

One of the keys to smooth implementation of this new farm management program is the creation of facilities that will convert chicken manure into value-added products such as fertilizers, energy, or something else.  Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. continues to work with companies interested in developing these alternative use facilities.

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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