Delmarva chicken industry shows growth, environmental improvement

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Over the last year Delmarva’s chicken industry showing modest growth and environmental improvements. That’s according to data released by Delmarva Poultry Industry.

Chicken growers raised 605 million chickens- a 2% increase from the year prior- and processed 4.3 billion pounds of chicken that sold for $3.4 billion. That works out to an average of 7 pounds per chicken selling for 80 cents a pound.

Contract payments from Delmarva’s five chicken companies to family farmers rose 5%, with farmers pulling in an average of $165,000 in contract income.

Also, a program in Maryland to transfer chicken manure to farms that can use it for fertilizer exceeded its goals by nearly 500%, which the report says, shows the commitment to environmental sustainability.