Delmarva Chicken Association is the 1,600-member trade association working for the common good of the meat chicken industry in Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Our mission: To be the Delmarva chicken industry's voice as the premier membership association focusing on advocacy, education and member relations.

Our vision: To be the most-respected chicken organization in the United States.

Farm Videos

Ever wonder what's happening inside chicken houses? Curious about how farmers keep their chickens healthy? Then check out these videos from DCA and other groups.

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Vegetative Environmental Buffers

Planting trees around chicken houses has both air quality and water quality benefits. Properly designed buffers with farm specific plants, either trees or grasses, help capture air emissions from chicken houses and absorb nutrients. DCA is leading the way in helping farmers get grants for buffers and giving technical assistance in installing them.

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Recipes

We know our way around a kitchen here at DCA, and over the years, we've collected some great-tasting recipes that make chicken a focus.

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Membership

If your business is linked even in part to the chicken industry, please consider becoming a member of DCA. We work tirelessly on behalf of the entire industry. Help us ensure that an industry you count on will continue to thrive.

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FEATURED NEWS

Delmarva Chicken Association backs Bioenergy Innovation Center waste-to-energy effort

Delmarva Chicken Association, a 1,600-member trade association for the chicken community, told the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control it supports a plan to build a self-contained anaerobic digester near Seaford, Del. The Read More

Eastern Shore air monitoring effort shows little variation between poultry areas, urban regions

An innovative, partnership-led ambient air quality monitoring project in Maryland has recorded more than two years of data about ammonia and particulate matter air emissions on the Eastern Shore, and has shown little variation in average air pollution levels between... Read More

FEATURED VIDEOS

Buffer Bites: VEB Demo Days

  • DCA hosted chicken growers on farms in Maryland and Delaware, partnering with Nanticoke Watershed Alliance to showcase farms that have planted and nurtured vegetative environmental buffers in novel places to improve air quality, efficiency and appearance. Lisa Wool talks about how these practices help farmers and their neighbors. - Posted: June, 16, 2021

Buffer Bites: Don't weed-whack your buffers!

  • Vegetative environmental buffers can be harmed by too-zealous weed trimming. Here, DCA's Jim Passwaters walks you through weed-control options on a chicken farm with buffers. - Posted: February, 19, 2020

Buffer Bites: Edible berries

Buffer Bites: Edible berries

  • You might be surprised to learn some families raising chickens on Delmarva are planting edible berries, like black chokeberries and blackberry bushes, on their farms as living buffers - making the farms less obvious to neighbors, muffling sound, filtering dust and odor, and improving water quality. Our vegetative environmental buffers expert, Jim Passwaters, talks about two berry plants that work well on chicken farms in this edition of 'Buffer Bites.' - Posted: February, 19, 2020