The poultry industry's importance to the Delmarva Peninsula cannot be overstated. There are approximately 1,700 family farms growing nearly 11 million chickens per week for five chicken companies, according to DPI. Those companies operate 10 feed mills, 13 hatcheries, and 10 processing plants – providing direct employment for more than 14,000 people locally.
The industry’s tremendous success is attributable to the hard work and ingenuity of its people. To ensure that the next 100 years are as prosperous for the industry as the last, it must continue to evolve and adapt. That’s where we can help.
Our mission is to promote the sustainability of the poultry industry by developing and offering low-cost alternative practices with positive environmental impacts.
That’s what we set out to do in 2012 with a new method of mortality management. Based on a concept that had been introduced elsewhere two decades ago, we developed an alternative for Delmarva that eliminates much of the grower's work as well as the environmental and bio-security issues associated with composting.
Today, our products and services enjoy the acceptance of growers and integrators, as well as the regulatory agencies charged with overseeing nutrient management practices. Our method is an approved best management practice (“BMP”) in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia – and therefore eligible for federal and state cost-share programs.
We’re headquartered in Millsboro but provide environmentally-friendly resource recovery products and services to growers, breeders and laying operations across Delmarva.
Terry Baker / Co-Founder & President
Terry Baker has more than 25 years of management experience in poultry processing plants from Florida and Alabama to North Carolina and Delmarva. He left his most recent post as processing manager at the Selbyville plant of Mountaire Farms after 17 years. In that role he oversaw the production of more than 3 million pounds of store-ready chicken weekly, including managing more than 500 employees and an annual operating budget of more than $8 million. While still at Mountaire he purchased and expanded a poultry farm in Millsboro and for the past eight years has been producing 720,000 birds annually. Terry holds a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland.
Victor Clark / Co-Founder & Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs
Victor Clark has been a practicing attorney for more than a decade and most recently served as economic development policy advisor and legal counsel in the Office of Governor Jack A. Markell. Victor graduated from the University of Maryland College Park with a degree in journalism. His newspaper career eventually led him to Delaware where he attended law school while working full time as an editor at The News Journal. After graduating with honors from Widener University School of Law, he joined the litigation department at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Wilmington. He spent several years with the firm, focusing on commercial litigation and corporate governance.