DPI marks 60th booster banquet by lauding four

SALISBURY, Md. (April 26, 2016) —Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc., celebrated its 60th booster banquet last week, honoring four individuals for their service to the chicken industry and recognizing 12 chicken growers for their farming efforts.
The J. Frank Gordy Sr. Delmarva Distinguished Citizen Award, DPI’s highest honor, was presented to Charlie Carpenter of Somerset County, Md.
Just weeks out of college in Kentucky, Mr. Carpenter began work with Perdue Farms and has been with Perdue his entire 43-year career in a variety of positions.
He served on the DPI Board of Directors from 1991 until 1994 and then returned to the board in 2006, serving as president in 2009 and remains a current board member.
“He has been one of the most active board members,” said Bill Satterfield, DPI executive director.
He has represented the chicken industry for several years on the Maryland Agricultural Commission and is this year’s chairman.
“This is quite an honor,” Carpenter said, thanking his family and many people he’s worked with. “It’s been a great career and it’s been a great industry.”
The Edward H. Ralph DPI Medal of Achievement was presented to Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown of Salisbury, Md.
Dr. Stewart-Brown has been active with DPI since early in his Delmarva career in 1998, serving on the DPI Board of Directors for many years and as chairman of the DPI Emergency Poultry Disease Task Force. Stewart-Brown joined Perdue Farms as director of health services. With several new titles and additional responsibilities since then, he has expanded his areas of responsibility to include food safety, quality assurance, and animal welfare. His current position is senior vice president of food safety, quality and live operations.
He has spoken to poultry audiences in more than 35 nations and has served in assorted voluntary capacities with the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Avian Pathologists, which honored him last year with a special service award, the National Chicken Council, the Poultry Science Association, and the U. S. Poultry & Egg Association.
Accepting the award, Steward-Brown said he appreciates the energy and enthusiasm growers and companies put into raising good chickens. “There’s no lessening in challenges going forward so we’re going to need all that,” he said. “I hope I can add some value going forward also.”
The DPI Medal of Achievement for an elected official went to Maryland State Delegate Charles Otto of Somerset County. Born and raised on the Lower Eastern Shore, Otto has served as president of both the Somerset County and Wicomico County Farm Bureaus. He is a past chairman of the Agri-Business Committee of the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. He has been active in the Maryland Grain Producers Association and the Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board.
He was a charter member of the Mt. Vernon Volunteer Fire Department and is a member of the American Society of Agronomy.
He has farmed, grown chickens, been a sales representative for the William B. Tilghman Fertilizer Company, a field representative for the Maryland Farm Bureau, and now is a certified crop consultant and sales representative for The Farmers & Planters Co.
“It is this wide range of knowledge and experience with farming that has made Otto such an important part of the Maryland General Assembly,” Satterfield said. “As the only farmer on the House Environmental Matters committee that deals with farm issues, he is looked to for knowledge, advice and counsel.”
Upon taking office in the House of Delegates in 2010, he was appointed to the Environmental Matters Committee and he remains on that committee. Starting last year, he has served as the chairman of the General Assembly’s Eastern Shore Delegation.
“I’m honored to take part in the industry that I’ve grown up with and has allowed me to get an education and is such an integral part of our economy on the Lower Eastern Shore,” Otto said.
An additional DPI Medal of Achievement was presented to Dr. Paul Twining of Somerset County, Md., whom Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. recognized in 1988 with Delmarva’s Distinguished Citizen Award. Over the last 28 years he has continued to make important contributions to DPI and Delmarva’s chicken industry.
A chicken grower from 1956 until 2002, he received his college degrees from the University of Maryland. He worked as a chemist and nutritionist at Perdue Farms for six years and since 1970 has been an international independent consultant in the poultry industry. He joined the DPI board of directors in 1976 and served until the end of 2015, making him at that time the longest serving current member of the board. He served as president in 1980.
From 1981 until 1987, he served as a chicken industry representative on the Maryland Agricultural Commission and was chairman the last three years.