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January 2021

Being Proactive In Your Operation Can Help Prevent Lawsuits

By Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, UMD

As I have written in the past, right-to-farm laws provide a defense to a nuisance suit. Although I hope none of you will ever need to use this defense, it is worth taking a moment to consider proactive steps you could be taking to develop a record demonstrating you meet the defense requirements. Such actions may...Read more>>

Maryland Court of Appeals Find Farm Manager is Not a Joint Employee of Poultry Farm

By Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, UMD

For those who remember back in 2019, I posted about a Court of Special Appeals decision which found that a poultry farm manager was a joint employee of both the...Read more>>

Delmarva Chicken Association’s New App ‘Littr.’ is First App to Connect Litter Customers, Suppliers

By James Fisher, Communications Manager, DCA

he Delmarva Chicken Association launched a new, free mobile app, Littr., designed to help growers anywhere on Delmarva who have poultry litter find customers seeking to use it as a valuable fertilizer. DCA developed the app by partnering with...Read more>>

7 Fundamentals for Antibiotic-free Poultry Growing

By Austin Alonzo, WATT Poultry USA, with Dr. Jon Moyle, University of Maryland

Growers working in an antibiotic-free environment must focus on the fundamental principles of broiler husbandry to maximize success. As part of the virtual Midwest Poultry...Read more>>

CAFO Permit Update

Provided by Michelle Chesnik

When everyone sent in their NOI (notice of intent) and your CAFO Fee, you also submitted your CNMP (Comprehensive Nutrient management Plan) and your NMP (nutrient management plan). We (growers) were advised that if nothing changed in your operation, then your...Read more>>

Grower Lunch Break with Extension

Grower Lunch Break with Extension is a virtual meeting designed for commercial poultry growers and allied businesses.  Some of the topics include educational presentations, science-based research, regulations, and much more.

Time: 12:00 p.m. (EST)

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2021 Delaware Ag Week is Going Virtual this Winter

Date: January 21, 2021  |  Monday
Time:  9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Announcements
9:35 a.m. Neighbor Relations
Dr. John Moyle, Poultry Extension Specialist, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, University of Maryland
Ms. Jennifer Rhodes, Extension Educator, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, University of Maryland
10:05 a.m. Bird Health
Dr. Dan Bautista, Senior Technical Services Veterinarian, Zoetis Inc
10:50 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Water pH
Dr. Brian Fairchild, Professor/Extension Poultry Scientist, University of Georgia
11:45 a.m. Quiz and Evaluation
12:00 p.m. Adjourn


  • Broiler chickens feeding

    Animal Science Meetings

  • Goat Tasting and Twilight Meeting at the Western Maryland Research and Education Center

    Agriculture and Food Systems Meetings and Events

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