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Two companies that haul nonhazardous liquid waste for Allen Harim Foods are seeking to change their permits as the poultry producer awaits approval to house a deboning operation in Millsboro.

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Poultry producers across the First State won’t be required to report their farms' emissions after Congress reversed a federal court ruling as part of last week’s spending bill.

Pamela D'Angelo

Big poultry on the DelMarVa Peninsula began by accident when Delaware homemaker Cecile Steele was shipped 500 chicks to raise instead of the 50 she ordered. She kept them, made a profit and ordered 1,000 the next year. And so, an industry was born and has been growing ever since.

But the hundreds of thousands of tons of manure produced each year so close to the Chesapeake Bay and other waterways worries residents throughout the region.  Contributor Pamela D'Angelo has more on how some of those concerns are being addressed on Virginia's Eastern Shore and what First State officials are saying .

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Delmarva’s $3.2 billion poultry industry employs more than 14,000 people. Now, more than 100 students at a Greenwood high school are getting early exposure to the industry.

Poultry producer and processor Allen Harim is moving its headquarters to the former Vlasic pickle plant near Millsboro.


They hope to bring more than 160 new jobs to the facility.

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Allen Harim will hatch baby chicks from a new $22 million Dagsboro facility starting next fall.

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Some Delaware farmers would like to see revised regulations in the agriculture industry, and they’re hoping the new U.S. Agriculture Secretary will hear their comments and concerns.

After being confirmed in April, Sec. Sonny Perdue was invited by Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester to visit the First State.

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The Delmarva Peninsula lies under the Atlantic Migratory flyway, a path waterfowl migrate through. As Europe deals with recent outbreaks of a severe strain of Avian Influenza, some local poultry growers worry that just one infected bird passing through the region could contaminate and kill whole flocks of chickens.


That’s why poultry growers across Delmarva take precautions to avoid the possibility of the virus traveling from outside of the farm to the respiratory systems of their chickens. And research is being done that could help farmers better understand waterfowl patterns so they can prepare for when the virus surfaces.


Delmarva chicken producers hopeful about Trump

Jan 22, 2017
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Chicken growers on the Delmarva Peninsula produced more than 4 billion pounds of chicken last year. And about one in five of those chickens were shipped outside the US, typically to Canada or Mexico.


So you might think President Trump’s talk of renegotiating trade deals like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would scare poultry producers. But it doesn’t.

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Delaware is home to over 50 million chickens on 700 registered farms, and the state’s Department of Agriculture has some tips for farmers about protecting these and other animals this winter.