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Updated: July 19, 2021

July 2021

State Court Declines to Use Public Trust Doctrine in Lawsuit Over Water Quality

By Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, Agricultural & Resource Economics, UMD

 The Supreme Court of Iowa recently found that a dispute brought by two groups against the state of Iowa lacked standing and was not an issue the courts could decide. The two groups claim that excessive nitrate levels from agricultural runoff into the Raccoon River had impaired recreational uses of the river and increased costs to purify the...Read more>>

Prepare for Natural Disaster on Commercial Farms

By Dr. Jonathan Moyle for The Mid-Atlantic Poultry Farmer

It is that time of year when we see the chance of tornados and heavy rains increasing and along with them the possibility of damaging winds and flooding.  Additionally,  hurricane season starts on June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.

Hurricanes also bring the potential for high winds, tornados, torrential...Read more>>

Celebrating Outstanding Growers on Delmarva At the DCA BBQ-Delaware State Fairgrounds

By Dr. Jonathan Moyle for The Mid-Atlantic Poultry Farmer

Delmarva Chicken Association announced the recipients of its Outstanding Grower awards, honoring 10 farm families in Delmarva's chicken community with recognition as exemplary farmers raising broiler chickens. Each grower is an independent farmer raising chickens under contract for one...Read more>>

Vegetative Environmental Buffers, Jim Passwaters

The Delmarva Chicken Association (DCA) Vegetative Environmental Buffers Program was created to help with air quality improvements on chicken farms in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of   Virginia. DCA assumed responsibility for the program in 2006 after its creation by the University of Delaware.

The planting of trees around chicken houses has...Read more>>

Upcoming Events

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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Poultry Growers Meeting:  Insect/Fly Control and Poultry House Ventilation

Date: September 28, 2021  |  Tuesday Evening
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  |  Cost: This event is free. But registration is required. The registration deadline is Thursday, September 23, 2021, on Eventbrite:
Location: Caroline County 4-H Park, 8230 Detour Road, Denton, MD 21629
Description: Poultry Growers Farm Management Meeting
Speakers:  Michael Czarick of University of Georgia - Poultry House Ventilation
                  Cassie Krejci of MGK Insect Control Solutions - Insect and Fly Control

The University of Maryland Extension, along with University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Delaware Cooperative Extension and the Delmarva Chicken Association, are offering this FREE event with dinner included to poultry growers on Delmarva to be held Tuesday, September 28, 2021, from 6-8pm in Denton.  Please register early!! 

Registration and Agenda (pdf)  


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