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Walston is New DPI President

Dean Walston, a Salisbury, Maryland native with much experience in the chicken industry, has been chosen by the Board of Directors of Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. as DPI's president, effective January 2017.

Walston, 52, is director of operations for Perdue Farms's Milford, Delaware Processing Facility, a no antibiotics ever organic chicken harvest facility. There, he oversees a leadership team that includes three business units, 50 salaried support staff and 1,500 associates. First hired by Perdue in 1987, his past roles in the company included positions as a grow out manager and a live production manager, as well as stints as a plant manager in Showell, Maryland and Georgetown, Delaware.

After growing up in Salisbury, Walston received a bachelor's degree in poultry science and food science from North Carolina State University. He lives near Parsonsburg, Maryland and enjoys music, playing guitar, riding motorcycles and spending time with his family.

Walston succeeds outgoing DPI president Mack McCary, a longtime chicken grower and industry veteran.

Dean Walston, left, DPI's incoming president, and Mack McCary.


DPI Offers College Scholarships

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. has opened the application period for its 2017 College Scholarship Program. Applications are being accepted for undergraduate and graduate scholarships that are available in the amount of $1,500 or more.

Undergraduate applicants must be a Delmarva resident and a student in good standing at any accredited, degree-granting institution in the United States or in the case of graduating high school seniors, accepted to an accredited, degree-granting institution within the United States. Individuals must have an academic major in a subject area relevant to Delmarva's chicken industry and be planning a career in a segment of this industry. An official transcript must accompany each application.

Graduate student applicants must meet the above criteria, with the exception of Delmarva residency. In addition, the individual must be engaged in research that could positively benefit Delmarva's chicken industry.

Although an applicant is not required to have a family member or a family business that is a member of DPI, membership in DPI could be a deciding factor when applicants are otherwise evenly matched. Previous recipients, if still eligible, may reapply.

Applications must be completed and received at the following address on or before 4:30 p.m. on April 3, 2017: DPI College Scholarship Program, 16686 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 19947-4881.

For more information and application forms, click here.

Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Hires First Communications Manager

As part of its new comprehensive communications program, DPI has created a position of Communications Manager to coordinate and manage the organization's outreach efforts. Hired to lead the effort is veteran newspaper reporter and editor James Fisher of Milton, Delaware.

Mr. Fisher has made his home on Delmarva since 2003. He has worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 13 years, covering all kinds of stories - including many stories on agriculture and the poultry industry - for The Daily Times of Salisbury, Maryland, and most recently for The News Journal in Delaware. Examples of his science reporting were recognized with an award in 2015 by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association. In that line of work, he has seen up close how communication among agriculture, the public, government, and other industries has evolved.

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Maryland Legislators Learn about the Chicken Industry

Members of the Maryland General Assembly's environmental committees spent today on the Eastern Shore visiting three farms, including a chicken farm in Queen Anne's County. Grower Jenny Rhodes hosted the group and for quite a few of the guests, it was their first time on a chicken farm, though they help set state policy for chicken industry issues.

Our thanks to the members for their interest in learning about our industry.

About DPI

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
(302) 856-9037