Outstanding Chicken Growers Take a Bow at Booster BBQ
Delmarva Chicken Association announced the recipients of its Outstanding Grower awards, honoring 12 farm families in Delmarva's chicken community with recognition as exemplary farmers raising broiler chickens. Each grower operates an independent, family-owned farm raising chickens under contract for one of Delmarva's five chicken companies. There are more than 1,360 such chicken growers on Delmarva, each one an important part of the $4.2 billion chicken community.
"To be a chicken grower in 2021 was to roll with the punches. In a climate roiled by COVID-19, avian influenza and the stirrings of inflation, chicken growers certainly dealt with adversity," said Holly Porter, DCA's executive director. "Growers came through for all the families, including mine, who depend on the chickens they raise. For this class of outstanding growers, earning recognition for their work in a year of challenge is a real feather in their caps. And when they share their everyday rewards and challenges with others, they help people who may never set foot on a farm understand how chickens are raised."
High-resolution photos of our winner's are available on Flickr. A YouTube video roll call of the Outstanding Growers is available for viewing below.
The following growers were honored:
Gary & Pat Bennett
Gary Bennett Farm, Berlin, Md. | Perdue Farms
Brenda Cowgill Farm, Denton, Md. | Amick Farms
Carrs Creek Farm, Preston, Md. | Perdue Farms
Ben & Kayla Dilworth
Beyla Farm, Greensboro, Md. | Mountaire Farms
Robert & Susan Elliott
Elliott's Chicks, Delmar, Del. | Mountaire Farms
Aaron & Kathy Mast
Royal Oak Farm, Quantico, Md. | Perdue Farms
Ish Farm LLC, Oak Hall, Va. | Tyson
Alvin & Norma Warner
Warner Enterprises Inc., Milford, Del. | Coleman Natural Foods
Keith & Sandy Whaley
Three Jokers Farm, Hardscrabble, Del. | Allen Harim
Marcus & Marcia Woodward
Gryffen's Roost, Houston, Del. | Mountaire Farms
Wan Ki Yu & Eun Young Yu
Cco Cco Farm, Laurel, Del. | Mountaire Farms
John & Carol Zoch
Dixie Line Farm, Seaford, Del. | Amick Farms
The Outstanding Grower awards were presented during the Booster BBQ, an annual event for DCA members and invited guests at the Delaware State Fairgrounds. More than 800 DCA members and others in the chicken community attended the event, which featured barbecued chicken prepared and served by Greenwood Volunteer Fire Company and Harrington Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary, ice cream from Vanderwende's, door prizes, more than 40 vendors, and a musical performance by the Jones Boys.
The growers received silver Revere bowls and were recognized on stage at the Booster BBQ. They also received lane signs that can be displayed at the entrances to their farms acknowledging them as outstanding poultry producers.
About Delmarva Chicken Association
Delmarva Chicken Association, founded in 1948, is the Delmarva chicken industry's voice as the premier membership association focusing on advocacy, education and member relations. DCA's vision is to be the most-respected chicken organization in the United States. For more information about the Delmarva Chicken Association, visit www.dcachicken.com or call 302-856-9037.