Herbed Chicken Thighs with Apples and Cranberries
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It's time for chicken growers to enroll in the new DPI-sponsored electric generator Demand Response Program. This is the program that will pay growers twice a year for making their electric generators available to the local power grid during the summer at times of high electric demand.
Chicken growers on the Maryland Eastern Shore and the Virginia Eastern Shore, whether they are served by Delmarva Power, the Choptank Electric Cooperative, or the A & N Electric Cooperative, generally are eligible to participate. Only farms with at least two chicken houses qualify. Unfortunately, because of stricter air quality regulations in Delaware, our Delaware members cannot take advantage of this DPI program.
Growers can anticipate being called upon to run their generators once or twice per summer when the power grid is under high peak load conditions. Growers will earn income from the program regardless of whether the PJM grid operator calls an actual emergency event or just a prescheduled one-hour test event. Participating farms can expect to receive between several hundred dollars to more than $1,000 per year with larger farms earning more.
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Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. has begun its series of five Lunch and Learn sessions supported by the United Soybean Board and America's soybean farmers.
These sessions for community leaders are intended to share information about the Delmarva chicken industry so they have a better idea about its role and importance to the peninsula.
The first session was held in Accomack County, Virginia on November 18 with about two dozen community leaders. DPI and its members shared information about the economic importance of the chicken industry, how the industry operates, educational and outreach programs, and challenges we face.
Upcoming Lunch and Learn sessions will be held next month at two locations in Maryland and after the first of the year at two sites in Delaware.
DPI's Director of Education and Consumer Information Connie Parvis spoke about our middle school curriculum we recently developed and have begun sharing with teachers in the region. It also was funded by the United Soybean Board. Details are available elsewhere on DPI's website.
Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. has written to Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley urging him to refrain from moving forward on developing a Phosphorus Management Tool regulation following release of a Salisbury University analysis of three scenarios of a possible regulation. The letter can be ready here.
Applications are being accepted for the 2015 Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. College Scholarship Program. Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available to residents of the Delmarva Peninsula in the amount of $1,500 or more.
Applications must be completed and received at the following address by April 1, 2015.
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DPI is the nonprofit trade association working for the continued progress of the meat chicken industry in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
In existence since 1948, DPI's members include more than 1,000 farm families raising chickens, five companies producing birds on Delmarva, and hundreds of chicken company employees, hundreds of allied industry suppliers of products and services, and Delmarva-based, non-chicken businesses that recognize the important work DPI does to keep the local chicken industry strong.
Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.
16686 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947-4881