The Delaware-based trade group representing the poultry industry in three eastern U.S. states is reporting that its 1,800 members had a prosperous 2018.
Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc. says the poultry sector in parts of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia posted gross sales of $1 billion last year for the first time, providing $112 million in state taxes and supporting 400,000 jobs in the area. Delmarva chicken farms raised the same amount of chickens last year as they did 20 years ago, even though there were 41 percent fewer farms than in 1998 and fewer operational houses.
The association also is monitoring several prospective legislative initiatives, including one in Maryland that seeks to launch a committee to investigate the air quality near chicken operations. The group has yet to formally comment on its position regarding such proposed new laws.
Delmarva Poultry appointed Holly Porter its new executive director in January and recently announced it will team up with The Keith Campbell Foundation for the Environment on a project to monitor ambient air quality in Maryland.
Source: meatingplace.com, 2-18-19