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 farmers who need litter to grow crops with chicken growers who have litter to sell.

By improving crop growth and soil health, the effort will support the implementation of Maryland’s Phosphorus Management Tool (PMT) and Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plans across Delmarva, thereby helping to meet regional water quality and healthy watershed goals.

The $49,890 NFWF grant is part of the 2020 round of funding for Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund projects. Fifty-six restoration and water quality improvement grants totaling $18.06 million were awarded, leveraging $18.9 million in match from the grantees to generate a total conservation impact of $36.97 million. DPI and supporting partners are providing $10,018 in matching funds.

Throughout discussions around the PMT and litter transport, we’ve heard time and again of growers who have manure to sell, and grain farmers trying to find manure to buy,” said Holly Porter, DPI’s executive director. “We want to connect those dots. State manure transport programs help to close the gap, but we recognized the need for other tools to help chicken growers and crop farmers connect to give them access to the organic, locally-produced nutrients that chicken litter supplies. This is one of the ways the chicken community is coming together to find solutions for manure transport and management challenges.”

DPI has issued an RFP to select a professional or organization with proven web development, app development, information technology and/or project management skills to help us create the matching tool. Download the RFP here. Proposals are due by Oct. 6, 2020.

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. is the Delmarva chicken industry's voice as the premier membership association focusing on advocacy, education and member relations. For more information, visit dpichicken.org; like DPI on Facebook; and follow us on Twitter and YouTube.

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