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9:32 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Senators Push for Stricter Pathogen Standards for Poultry

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Three U.S. Senators are pushing a new pathogen monitoring standard for poultry products.

The effort comes after a report by the Government Accountability Office that recommended the US Department of Agriculture develop additional performance measures to deal with Salmonella and another pathogen.

The effort to tighten up the standards is being led by Democrats Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Dianne Feinstein of California and Dick Durbin of Illinois.

Gillibrand and Feinstein said the report shows that the current standards are ineffective and outdated.

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9:24 am
Wed October 15, 2014

WTO Ruling Opens India to Poultry Industry

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A ruling by the World Trade Organization could open up a growing market for U.S. agriculture that has been blocked for more than seven years.

The WTO has declared that India’s ban on various U.S. products such as poultry meat, eggs and live pigs that was based on bird-flu fears is not backed by scientific evidence.

The Decision has been long sought by Delaware lawmakers and the Mid-Atlantic region.

It is considered a big win for the poultry industry which has been hit by India’s restrictions.

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11:56 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Changes Are Coming to Federal Inspections of Poultry Plants

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years,

It’s hoped to reduce the number of food borne illness each year by at least  5,000.

Final rules would cut the number of government poultry inspectors.

But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the line for closer inspections and encouraging more testing for pathogens.

More inspectors would check the facilities to make sure they are clean.

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12:21 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Two Big Chicken Farms Coming to Southern Delaware

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FARMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Plans for two enormous chicken farms in southern Delaware are testing the region's long-held faith in the poultry industry.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that at peak production, the two farms would produce almost 1.5 million chickens a year. That's more than there are people in Delaware.

The separately owned operations would be jammed into just over one square mile of southern Kent County, near Farmington.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegation Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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1:30 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Delaware Congressional Delegate Gets In on Today's Annual Poultry Banquest

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are joining in an annual celebration of the Delmarva region's poultry industry.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper and Chris Coons both planned to attend the 58th annual Delmarva Poultry Industry banquet in Salisbury, Md. on Wednesday.

The event, sponsored by Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., honors the region's chicken farmers and other members of the poultry industry.

Maryland comptroller general Peter Franchot also was expected to attend the evening event at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center.

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10:44 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Andy Harris Threatens Md Over Phospherous Regulations

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Representative Andy Harris says if the state does not implement the new phosphorous regulations for the agriculture industry properly he will take action on the federal level.

During a meeting with the Eastern Shore delegation in Annapolis last week the Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Republican congressman said if the new regulations hurt farmers then he will consider with holding money from the state of Maryland.

The phosphorous management tool would alter the way the amount of phosphorous is applied by farmers.

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8:52 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Mountaire Seeks $200,000 Grant for Expansion in Delaware

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Poultry processing company Mountaire Farms of Delaware is seeking more than $200,000 in taxpayer grants to expand its business.

Mountaire is asking for a state Strategic Fund Performance grant of up to $87,759 and a state Strategic Fund Capital Expenditure grant of up to $129,000.

The company plans to use the funds to expand its processing plant in Millsboro.

Mountaire's request for state funds was one of several to be considered by the Delaware Council on Development Finance at its meeting Monday in Dover.

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11:54 am
Tue August 6, 2013

Delaware Lawmakers Hail WTO Decision on Broilers

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The Delaware congressional delegation praised the decision by the World Trade Organization decision that Chinese poultry barriers are unfair.

American poultry farmers complained that China’s decision to impose higher duties on chicken broiler products was unjustified under international trade laws.

The imposition of the duties was followed by an 80 percent drop in American exports to China.

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12:05 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Pollution from Poultry Manure Overestimated

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A University of Delaware-led study has found that decades-old federal standards overestimate current poultry industry contributions to water pollution.

The News Journal of Wilmington reports that researchers found that nitrogen levels in poultry house manure are 55 percent lower than the Environmental Protection Agency's standards. Efforts to eliminate waterway dead zones and algal blooms nationwide have focused on pollution from manure.

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8:42 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Allen Harim Foods Negotiations Plant Buy in Millsboro

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Negotiations are underway for Allen Harim Foods to buy a processing plant near Millsboro owned by Pinnacle Foods Vlasic.

The company Chief Executive Officer Gary Gladys says that this would allow for an expansion of the firm’s processing capacity and introduce new products.

The former pickle plant is expected to employ an estimated 700 people.

Currently, Pinnacle Foods Vlasic employs around 200 people.

Allen Harim Foods operates a number of processing facilities in Delaware.

 

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8:15 am
Tue January 8, 2013

After Effects of Hudson Case Still Being Felt

The effects of the Hudson case involving an effort to tie Perdue Farms to alleged water pollution by one of its growers are still being felt.


That’s despite the fact that the Waterkeeper Alliance and others lost the argument in Federal Court last month.


Worcester County Commissioner Virgil Shockley a chicken grower himself told the Salisbury Daily Times that he runs into a lot of farmers who put their lives on hold while the case was decided.

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10:51 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Poultry Industry Gets Boost in Trade With Russia

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Delaware Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons voted yesterday for a bill establishing permanent normal trade relations with Russia.

And that’s good news for the poultry industry on the peninsula, for whom, Russia is a major market.


In 1974 the provision was imposed on the former Soviet Union over emigration of Jews and other Soviet minorities.


The measure cleared the House last month and now goes to President Obama for his signature.

 

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9:22 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Senator Cardin Calls for Cutting Ethanol Corn Mandate

Senator Ben Cardin says he does not believe it is in the national interest to continue the Mandate on corn ethanol.


The recent drought has hit the corn crop hard driving up grain prices.


And that has had a dramatic impact on the poultry industry.


The Maryland Democrat told the Salisbury Daily Times that he really is worried about its future…and called for a way to ensure that the drop in corn output doesn’t harm poultry farmers.            

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9:18 am
Wed August 1, 2012

Poultry Industry Calls for Easing EPA's Ethanol Corn Requirement

National poultry organizations are asking the Environmental Protection Agency and Congress to ease up on the requirement that 40 percent of the corn crop go to ethanol production.

The request comes amidst a drought that has – in some cases – virtually wiped out the corn harvest for many farmers including those on Delmarva.

On Monday, the National Chicken Council handed EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson a petition asking for a waiver from the Renewable Fuel Standards regulations for the next year.  

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9:14 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Temperatures Ease as Delmarvans Cope With Heat Wave

There’s a break in the heat wave with temperatures dropping from as high as 100 or more during the day down to the mid-80’s this week.

And there is a forecast of rain in the coming days.

That should be good news for Delmarva’s 17-hundred poultry farmers…who have been struggling to keep their birds cool during the hot spell.

Jack Lavelle in Accomac told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expects to spend more than $3-thousand this month on electricity to run his three broiler houses with a capacity of 50-thousand birds.

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8:55 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Delaware Poultry Production Declines

 

The Delaware’s poultry industry is fighting high grain prices and lagging sales with federal figures finding that production in the state fell last year by 7.3 percent.

In addition, state and industry officials note that Delaware was also hit by the bankruptcy of Allen Family Foods.

The company was taken over by the South Korea-based Harim and has revived production.

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12:16 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

DPI Annual Banquet Marks Improvement in Industry

 

          Despite a tough year for profits and a major environmental lawsuit more than 600 farmers and supporters of the poultry industry gathered in Salisbury this week.

         Governor Martin O’Malley headlined the Delmarva Poultry Industry’s 56th annual Booster Banquet..

         The organization’s executive director Bill Satterfield noted that grain prices have leveled off and profits have been inching upward.

Environment
9:46 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Maryland State Comptroller Considers Moratorium on New Regulations

During a poultry summit on the campus of Salisbury University, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would consider supporting a two year moratorium on new regulations. Looking ahead to his political future, the Maryland Democrat also said he would consider a run for the Governorship with an eye towards fiscal discipline during these recessionary times.