Delmarva Chicken Association on Tuesday announced the recipients of its Outstanding Grower awards, honoring 10 farm families in Delmarva’s chicken community with recognition as exemplary farmers raising broiler chickens, according to an association press release. Each grower is an independent farmer raising chickens under contract for one of Delmarva’s chicken companies.

“Our growers often serve as examples for the chicken community and the nation,” said Holly Porter, DCA’s executive director. “When growers stand and speak at meetings and public hearings, their voices command attention and respect. When they share their everyday rewards and challenges on social media, they help their neighbors understand how chickens are raised. And they are valued in their communities by all who understand their roles as stewards of the land.”