Environmental groups: Seaford poultry digester project needs public input

SEAFORD — Environmental watchdogs are sounding alarm over plans of a biogas renewable energy developer that partnered with Perdue Farms a year ago, claiming the planned anaerobic digester project south of Seaford will pose a public health threat. Additionally, Food & Water Watch and the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project claim to have knowledge of “backroom […]

Grant program aims to help Delaware, Maryland contract poultry growers

DOVER — Delaware and Maryland on Monday jointly announced a new grant program to assist contract poultry growers impacted by COVID-19. Because growers are technically contract employees, with the chickens owned by poultry companies, they are not eligible for federal Coronavirus Food Assistant Program funds. The program announced Monday is designed to benefit individuals who […]

West Nile Virus detected in Delaware sentinel chickens

DOVER — West Nile Virus (WNV) was detected Aug. 27 in Delaware for the first time this year in DNREC’s sentinel chickens placed at a northern New Castle County location where the chickens are sampled regularly for the presence of the mosquito-transmitted disease. While there have been no reported WNV cases in humans this year […]

Union issues continue at Mountaire

WASHINGTON — Staff attorneys at the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation last week filed a brief urging the National Labor Relations Board in Washington to overturn its nonstatutory “contract bar” policy. The brief, filed Aug. 21, is the latest development in a case filed in February by Oscar Cruz Sosa, a poultry worker […]

Judge sanctions Mountaire in Delaware wastewater lawsuit

DOVER — A Superior Court judge has ordered an Arkansas poultry processing company and two Delaware subsidiaries to pay more than $28,000 in sanctions for repeatedly refusing to provide information to plaintiffs suing the company over wastewater violations in southern Delaware. The judge this week ordered Mountaire Corp. and the subsidiaries to pay $18,000 in […]

Commentary: Chicken growers request help from Congress

By Holly Porter EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an adaptation of a letter sent to Sens. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Roger Wicker, R-Miss., leaders of the Senate’s Chicken Caucus. America’s chicken producers and processors have often adapted to difficult situations and overcome challenges to provide a safe, secure food supply. However, despite our current efforts, the […]

NLRB to review petition to decertify union at Mountaire plant

SELBYVILLE — Efforts by a Mountaire Farms employee to decertify the union at Mountaire’s Selbyville processing plant have reached the National Labor Relations Board. The Washington, D.C.-based NLRB announced Thursday it will review its so-called “contract bar” doctrine that blocks workers from removing a union they oppose. The action comes in a case brought by […]

Chicken companies provide 9.4 million meals

GEORGETOWN — Through community sales at churches, fire halls and community centers, Delmarva’s chicken companies acted quickly to provide 2.4 million pounds of chicken — enough chicken for 9.4 million meals — directly to Delmarva’s families this spring during the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, Delmarva’s five chicken companies donated 1 million pounds of chicken to […]

Letter to the Editor: Thank you to all involved with poultry

In these past few weeks, I’ve been interviewed by reporters from around the country, including many who don’t usually cover the chicken community. At the end of each call, I’m usually asked: “Is there anything else that you’d like to share? Anything we didn’t cover?” Each time I’ve shared how proud I am to work […]

Speak Out: A ‘dumb idea’

Sussex County Councilman Samuel Wilson Jr. has never been afraid to voice his opinion. Tuesday, he may have ruffled a few feathers, calling coronavirus testing of poultry workers “a dumb idea.” “I’d like to give my opinion on that,” Mr. Wilson said during the Sussex County Council meeting. “What’s happening is, by sending all these […]