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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) has introduced a new educational resource for use in middle school classrooms. Flock to the Classroom is a series of six lessons that explore the many facets of the chicken industry on the Delmarva Peninsula. Developed under the leadership of DPI's Connie Parvis in cooperation with educational professionals at the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation, the educational tools are designed to enhance science, social studies, and math classes. The lessons are aligned with one or more educational standards set to ensure their usability in regional classrooms.

"With fewer people involved in food production, DPI recognized a need to create lesson plans that share with students and teachers information about our chicken industry and its relevance to many areas of education" Parvis stated.

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DPI's Connie Parvis, right,  introduces teachers to the new DPI-developed middle school curriculum at the Maryland Agriculture Resource Council's Teacher Night on the Farm in Baltimore County.

Delmarva Chicken Industry History Being Preserved

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. and the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture at Salisbury University have joined forces to preserve the history of Delmarva's chicken industry.

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DPI Honors Outstanding Flock Supervisors

Seven persons were recognized as Outstanding Flock Supervisors at the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production in Ocean City, Maryland on October 8, 2014. They were selected by their companies based upon a set of criteria that include overall job knowledge, creativity, loyalty to company, grower relationships, leadership, care of company equipment, relationships within the company, versatility, acceptance of new ideas, work habits, degree of satisfaction, and participation in industry activities.

Seated, left to right, are Danny Wilkins, Mountaire Farms of Delaware; Jessica Crabtree, Perdue Farms, LLC; and Bill Windsor, Mountaire Farms of Delmarva.

Standing, left to right, are Trent Lewis, Tyson Foods, Inc.; Blair Boyce, Amick Farms; Doug Pusey, Perdue Foods; and Kevin Wise, Allen Harim Farms, LLC.

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Delmarva's Early Chicken Years

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. has embarked upon an exciting new project to capture the history of the local chicken industry and we seek your support.

We are working with the non-profit Berkana, Center for Media and Education, Inc. and 302 Stories, Inc., a Delaware-based documentary production company, to produce a 60-minute television documentary about the early years of Delmarva's chicken industry. This video documentary is building upon research these organizations have been conducting on the history of the chicken industry. Funded in part by the Delaware Humanities Forum, this documentary complements the 1998 history book produced by DPI.

A sneak peak at parts of the full length documentary for presentation at local theatres, on television (both locally and nationally), and through libraries, schools, meetings, and individually-distributed DVDs can be viewed here.

To make this happen by early 2015, DPI has pledged financial support of up to $7,500 to match money donated by DPI members and friends. But DPI can only provide assistance if our members and friends like you make tax-exempt contributions.

We believe this is a great initiative to make more people aware of our industry's history and importance. Also, it could bring back a lot of memories for persons who have been part of Delmarva's chicken industry.

302 Stories, Inc. and Berkana, Center for Media and Education, Inc. have made several highly professional documentaries that you can learn about at

We hope you will make a tax-deductible contribution by November 15, 2014 so this project will be completed in the spring of 2015. Any size gift, as much as $500 or as low as $25, will entitle the donor to a copy of the documentary and an invitation to attend a premier public showing. Click here to make your credit card donation.

Thank you for considering this opportunity. Spread the word and encourage others to be part of this historical program.

Collateral Damage: A Farm Family Under Attack

Save Farm Families has completed its documentary, Collateral Damage: A Farm Family Under Attack. It reviews the questionable political and academic actions that enabled the New York-based Waterkeeper Alliance to push forward with its lawsuit against the Hudson family and the continuing threat that environmental extremists pose to family farmers, not just in Maryland but across the nation.

You can watch the 14:22 documentary here.

More about is available here.

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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