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Delmarva poultry industry escapes major damage

WILMINGTON, Del. — The Delmarva peninsula’s poultry industry is up and running after emerging from Superstorm Sandy relatively unscathed.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture said Thursday that there was no significant flooding or poultry house damage, and that chicken farmers are generally in good shape. Feed trucks are back on the road, and poultry processing plants resumed operations Wednesday.

Bill Satterfield, executive director of Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., said the only damage he heard of was two chicken houses near Crisfield, Md. being flooded, but that he didn’t know whether the houses had chickens in them when the storm hit.

Satterfield scoffed at the notion from two agriculture economics professors at Mississippi State University that the storm is likely to cause short-term disruptions and potential price-gouging because of damage on the Delmarva peninsula.