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 .