From Farms to Food Science

As a state that gave rise to its own breed of chicken and is recognized as the birthplace of the broiler chicken industry, Delaware is well known for its advancements and innovations in the agriculture industry, particularly in the area of poultry production and processing.

Poultry accounts for roughly 70 percent of the state’s annual farm cash receipts, and Sussex County is the top poultry producer in the United States, processing more than 200 million chickens each year.

Not surprisingly, three of the top 20 broiler-producing companies in the nation have their headquarters in Sussex County, and the state is home to a large number of the nation’s biggest poultry growers and processors, including Perdue Farms, Pilgrim’s Pride, Mountaire Farms and Allen Harim Foods.

Perdue Farms

Perdue Farms

Mountaire Farms

Mountaire Farms

In addition, the agriculture industry has successfully partnered with Delaware’s cutting-edge life sciences sector at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute to conduct and apply research in the field of avian genomics. Merck Animal Health also conducts research and manufactures vaccines in Delaware for the poultry industry.

Resources for the Agriculture Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting businesses: