Delmarva’s poultry industry increased its economic output by 18.6 percent in the past five years by producing 4.3 billion pounds of chicken worth $3.4 billion in 2018, according to new data released by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.

The 20,425 chicken company employees on Delmarva earned $784 million in wages in 2018, and the region’s 1,302 chicken growers earned $268 million in contract income. In total, income earned by employees and farmers associated with Delmarva’s chicken industry was $1.05 billion, the report indicated.

Since 1957, the trade association has compiled data from the poultry companies operating on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and in Delaware.

On the Eastern Shore of Virginia, a large poultry farm expansion is nearing its end as new, more efficient and environmentally friendly houses replace older obsolete ones. 



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