DPI Adopts Best Management Practices for Good Neighbor Relations

The Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. Board of Directors has adopted a revised version of its Best Management Practices for Good Neighbor Relations. This document replaces a version adopted by the DPI Board of Directors in 2005. The board, consisting of chicken growers, representatives of the five chicken companies, and business suppliers of products and services, acted after a workgroup of growers, chicken company personnel, and others made a set of recommendations to update the 10-year old document.

It is a list of voluntary best management practices recommended for use by chicken companies and existing or potential chicken growers for the construction of chicken houses in agriculturally zoned areas. This guidance document deals with setbacks from property lines and dwellings on neighboring properties, house locations on farms, manure and carcass handling, vegetative environmental buffers, odor control on chicken farms, and working with neighbors.

In some instances, these voluntary practices are more limiting than existing requirements in some Delmarva counties. It is an effort by the chicken industry to be good neighbors while allowing the construction and operation of chicken houses in areas of our counties where chicken houses are allowed to be built and operated.

To read the document, click here.

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