QUEENSTWON, Md. — The Maryland Grain Producers teamed up with Maryland Farm Bureau and Delmarva Poultry Industry to remind our members, consumers, legislators, and all others how “local” the chicken in your grocery store is.
Maryland farm families produce local, safe, and affordable food for Marylanders. Grain producers across the state work hard to grow the 427,000 bushels of wheat and 89 million bushels of corn used annually to feed chickens on the Delmarva peninsula. The family farmers, poultry companies, and allied businesses that make up DPI’s 1,700 members work tirelessly to provide a high quality protein source to consumers.
Annually, Delmarva’s $3.5 billion poultry industry produces 4.3 billion pounds of chicken on the Delmarva. Chicken is a strong source of protein, providing all nine essential amino acids, magnesium, potassium, iron, and vitamins A, D, E, and C. You can buy local chicken at any grocery store in Delaware, Maryland, or Virginia.
When the coronavirus pandemic began, farmers across the Delmarva and the nation were #StillFarming to ensure that you would be able to eat, not only during the pandemic but for years to come. The corn planted in May 2020, during the stay-at-home order, will be used for chicken feed in 2021.
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–Jenell Eck, Maryland Grain Producers