Delmarva Chicken Association Awards Scholarships To Seven Students

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The Delmarva Chicken Association has presented seven students with more than $17,000 in scholarship money as they pursue college and graduate studies related to Delmarva chicken industry careers. “By supporting these students, DCA is investing in the next generation of leadership for our chicken community,” DCA Executive Director Holly Porter said. “We’re glad these young…

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Chicken Chat: Delmarva Chicken Association Releases 2021 Facts

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Chicken is a big deal on Delmarva.How big?According to the Delmarva Chicken Association 2021 fact sheet, the region’s chicken community produced 567-million chickens last year, generating 4.2-billion pounds of shelf- and table-ready chicken.Wholesale value of Delmarva chicken was also reported at a record $4.2-billion.Independent chicken growers experienced a slight decline in income from 2020 to…

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Testing Detects More Cases Of H5N1 Avian Influenza

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Two more cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza have been discovered on Delmarva. According to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, federal lab testing confirmed the presence of H5N1 in a pullet operation in New Castle County and in a broiler flock in Queen Anne’s County. Cases had been confirmed previously at poultry farms in New…

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NLRB Certifies Vote At Mountaire-Selbyville To Oust Union

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The National Labor Relations Board has certified the results of an election in which employees of Mountaire Farms in Selbyville voted overwhelmingly to separate from United Food and Commercial Workers Local 27. An election last year was legally challenged and the results were thrown out without a ballot count. In the recent election, the vote…

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Delmarva Chicken Association Opens Scholarship Applications

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The Delmarva Chicken Association is accepting applications for college scholarships from students who are interested in chicken-related careers. The DCA is making scholarships available of $2,000 for undergraduates and $3,000 for graduate-level students. Chicken-related jobs go well beyond those at farms and poultry processing plants: backgrounds in accounting, engineering, marketing, veterinary science, nutrition and several…

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Chicken Research, Science Issues Explored At Conference

Dr. Suzanne Dougherty, veterinarian with poultry processing company Pilgrim's, addresses the audience at the 56th National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing, and Live Production in Ocean City, Md. on Sept. 28, 2021. Photo provided by Delmarva Chicken Association
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A lot goes into raising chickens, from a science and research perspective. The Delmarva Chicken Association recently hosted a two-day national scientific conference in Ocean City. Nearly 300 people from a total of 29 states attended, reviewing the latest research, animal health, environmental practices and advances. The National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing and Live…

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Report : Delmarva Chicken Industry Impacted By Pandemic

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Shifts in demand and challenges related to keeping workers at processing facilities safe during the COVID-19 pandemic had an effect on the chicken industry in 2020, according to a report prepared by the Delmarva Chicken Association. 570-million chickens were raised with a wholesale value of $3.4-billion. That was a five-percent decline from 2019. “Restaurants, hotels,…

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