Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. is the 1,800-member trade association working for the common good of the meat chicken industry in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Our mission: To be the Delmarva chicken industry's voice as the premier membership association focusing on advocacy, education and member relations.

Our vision: To be the most-respected chicken organization in the United States.

Farm Videos

Curious about how farmers keep their chickens healthy? Put yourself in the farmers' shoes with these videos showcasing how chickens are really raised.

Vegetative Environmental Buffers

Planting trees around chicken houses has both air quality and water quality benefits. Properly designed buffers with farm specific plants, either trees or grasses, help capture air emissions from chicken houses and absorb nutrients. DPI is leading the way in helping farmers get grants for buffers and giving technical assistance in installing them.


We know our way around a kitchen here at DPI, and over the years, we've collected some great-tasting recipes that make chicken a focus.


If your business is linked even in part to the chicken industry, please consider becoming a member of DPI. We work tirelessly on behalf of the entire industry. Help us ensure that an industry you count on will continue to thrive.


Buffer Bites: Don't weed-whack your buffers!

  • Vegetative environmental buffers can be harmed by too-zealous weed trimming. Here, DPI's Jim Passwaters walks you through weed-control options on a chicken farm with buffers. - Posted: February, 19, 2020

Buffer Bites: Edible berries

Buffer Bites: Edible berries

  • You might be surprised to learn some families raising chickens on Delmarva are planting edible berries, like black chokeberries and blackberry bushes, on their farms as living buffers - making the farms less obvious to neighbors, muffling sound, filtering dust and odor, and improving water quality. Our vegetative environmental buffers expert, Jim Passwaters, talks about two berry plants that work well on chicken farms in this edition of 'Buffer Bites.' - Posted: February, 19, 2020


DPI Awarded Grant to Develop Chicken Litter Matching App

A grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Chesapeake Bay Program, will help Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) build and market an online and app-based chicken litter matching tool, connecting farmer... Read More

National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production Goes Virtual

AUGUST 12, 2020 – The National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production, a significant scientific and educational gathering for the U.S. chicken industry, will return Sept. 28-30. The event is customarily held in Ocean City, Md., but this year Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.... Read More

Lenders have farmers' backs during COVID-19 uncertainty

Content Credit: Maryland Grain Producers | Jenell Eck

To produce food, fuel, and fiber for all, farmers have a number of expenses, including land, equipment, labor, seed, and other inputs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, farmers are concerned, like many others, about paying these bills. Thankfully, in Delmarva's agricultural community, lenders ste... Read More

New monitoring network tracks ammonia, particulates in Maryland's ambient air

A new ambient air monitoring network on Maryland's Eastern Shore is up and running. The monitoring network, jointly support... Read More