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


Delmarva Flock Supervisors Honored for Dedication to Chicken Community's Farmers, Companies
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During Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.'s (DPI) 55th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production, eight flock supervisors from Delmarva's five chicken companies received Outstanding Flock Supervisor awards. As flock supervisors, they work with independent chicken growers as liaisons between the farmer and the chicken company.

DPI Hails Md., Del. COVID-19 Relief Programs for Chicken Growers
Eligible Maryland, Delaware Chicken Growers Encouraged to Apply by December 1

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. executive director Holly Porter hailed twin chicken grower COVID-19 assistance programs announced today by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and Delaware Gov. John Carney as an important, necessary step to help farmers raising broiler chickens recover from economic stresses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Read More

Dealing with LT: When Biosecurity Matters Most

An avian disease the chicken community is familiar with -- laryngotracheitis (LT), a highly contagious respiratory disease affecting chickens -- is affecting several Delmarva farms this fall. Growers, chicken companies, and allied businesses servicing farms and farmers all have a role to play in preventing the spread of LT, and the current cases underscore how essential it is to practice g... Read More

Not the Same Old Chicken Song

With the next legislative session in Annapolis drawing near, farmers are already hearing the chords of a familiar song: "It's All Your Fault." A recent op-ed from Kathy Phillips of Assateague Coastal Trust - who's sued... Read More