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 […]

More Delaware agriculture employees could be in demand soon

DOVER — When the prime harvest season arrives, growers need an infusion of workers to come with it. “There aren’t any issues at this point, but in a couple months there will be a significant need for workers,” Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse said. Mr. Scuse said the United States Department of Agriculture […]

Mountaire Farms donation a boost to Delaware Agricultural Museum

DOVER — Mountaire Farms donated $10,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover recently to help overhaul the poultry exhibit and help honor the late James H. Baxter Jr., a well-known farmer in Sussex County. Mr. Baxter was a farmer in Stockley his entire life. During his career he grew chickens for Mountaire Farms and […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Correcting misconceptions about poultry industry

As a chicken grower, I try to correct the record when I hear people repeat myths about how I raise my birds. Recent letters in the State News have hit the usual high notes, calling farms like mine “toxic time bombs” engaged in “biological warfare.” Here’s the real deal, though: Delaware’s chicken community has made […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The real cost of factory poultry farming

Most people, when they go to the grocery store, pay a price for whatever item they are purchasing at the advertised price. But the people of Sussex County are paying a much higher price than people elsewhere for chickens. That’s because there is a hidden cost in raising the chickens here in Delaware. Many residents […]