Thanks to Ron MacArthur for his recent article in the Cape Gazette (Feb. 10) 2012.
2011: A challenging year for the poultry industry
A perfect storm of economic, weather and regulatory factors combined to make 2011 one of the most challenging years on record for area poultry farmers.
Leading the storm is the escalating price of corn and soybean meal used to feed chickens, which makes up two-thirds of farmers’ costs. Delmarva’s poultry farmers spent $1 billion on feed in 2011, a 40 percent increase, or $400 million, from the previous year, which cuts right into farmers’ bottom lines.