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It's been 50 years since Perdue Farms went into the Branded chicken business. During a celebration at the company's plant in Salisbury, chairman of the board Jim Perdue talked with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about the changes he has seen since those first chickens came off the line.

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The Salisbury University’s Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art has been awarded $30-thousand from the Perdue Foundation.

The money will go to support the Living Classroom and Environmental Education Experiences program.

Jim Perdue, chair of Perdue Farms, says the Ward Museum has been an important part of the Eastern Shore.

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Jim Perdue, chair of Perdue Farms, has been recognized by Salisbury University’s Franklin P. Perdue School of Business with the Perdue Leadership Award.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that it was presented at a reception at the university’s Perdue Hall.

Frank Perdue endowed the school that has his name in 1986.

Last year Jim Perdue celebrated the school’s 30th anniversary as the guest speaker at the semi-annual Perdue Executive Leadership Series.

He has also served on the University Foundation’s board of directors.

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The Wreaths Across America convoy rolled up to the Wicomico War Veterans Memorial on its way to Arlington Cemetery. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush prepared this report.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - The family farmhouse of the third-largest chicken producer in the United States has been named a landmark after it was built a century ago.
The Daily Times reports the two-story home that has been depicted on packaging and delivery trucks of Perdue Farms since 2005 was named to the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties on Monday by Gov. Larry Hogan and local dignitaries.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A major poultry provider with headquarters in Maryland says it's stepping up efforts to improve its chickens' lives.

The Baltimore Sun reports Salisbury-based Perdue Farms released the first annual report on Monday about plans it announced in June 2016 changing how chickens are raised and slaughtered. The report says progress was made including alteration of breeding methods that promoted faster growth but also injury.

The company also said stunning systems that minimize stress would be installed for birds headed to processing.

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Perdue Farms has a new Chief Executive Officer.

Randy Day has been named to that position after serving as the Chief Operating officer since May of last year.

Jim Perdue, chairman of Perdue Farms, noted that Day has been with the company 36 years and has embraced the need for change and innovation.

Day is a native of the Eastern Shore and earned a master’s degree in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland College Park.

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During a campaign swing through the Eastern Shore Democratic Gubernatorial hopeful Lt. Governor Anthony Brown pledged that if elected he would personally invite Jim Perdue to meet with his administration on environmental regulations.

Perdue has complained that he does not feel that he has a seat at the table when it comes to environmental regulations.

After an appearance on the campus of Salisbury University, Brown was asked about Perdue’s remarks.

Controversy has been stirred up over remarks by Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue who recently told a Maryland Chamber of Commerce event that the industry has not had seat at the table in Maryland when it comes to environmental regulations.

After the Baltimore Business Journal reported the remarks the Baltimore Sun wrote an editorial that said Perdue has a great deal of influence in Annapolis.

The paper noted that Governor Martin O’Malley threatened to veto a proposed 5-cent tax on chickens last February.

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The Delaware State Fair is wrapping up this week with appearances by country stars Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum. Governor Jack Markell honored four students as the 2014 Young Environmentalists of the Year. Also on hand this year was Perdue Farms CEO Jim Perdue. And, of course, there were the many visitors who came for the rides and the food. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush sent Tom Hunt and Matt Forney to check out the Fair.