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 […]

Sussex councilman calls testing poultry workers ‘dumb idea’

GEORGETOWN – 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 […]

State working with poultry industry, others to combat spread of COVID-19 in Sussex

DOVER — The state announced Wednesday it is partnering with the poultry industry, health care providers and local government bodies to fight the spread of coronavirus in Sussex County. “We’ve seen a significant surge in COVID-19 cases in communities across Sussex County,” Gov. John Carney said in a statement. “This new testing program is designed […]

Delmarva group calls for halt to chicken depopulation

A citizen-based coalition is asking Delmarva’s poultry industry to spare the lives of a handful of chickens through flock depopulation caused by low staffing at processing plants during the COVID-19 crisis. In an Monday press release, Save Delmarva Chickens announced the formation of a citizens’ coalition and a petition, opposing what it says is depopulation […]

Judge orders regulators to turn over documents in Mountaire lawsuit

DOVER — A judge has rejected an effort by state environmental regulators to dodge subpoenas in a lawsuit involving wastewater violations by a southern Delaware poultry processor. The judge on Tuesday rejected arguments by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control that information being sought could be withheld under Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act […]