DPI Booster Banquet award recipients: 2019

These individuals were honored for their dedication to the chicken community at Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.’s 63rd annual Booster Banquet on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 in Salisbury, Md. 

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DPI also presented Outstanding Grower awards at the Booster Banquet. 

The J. Frank Gordy, Sr. Delmarva Distinguished Citizen Award, DPI's highest honor, was presented to Clark White. A Sussex county native and a leading historian for Delmarva’s chicken community, White was involved with DPI beginning in the 1980s and served as DPI’s president in 1988. He has a strong passion for the history of the Delmarva poultry industry, with his own collection of artifacts, equipment, photos and other memorabilia of the industry over the past decades. He was instrumental in working with producers of the “Cluck, Pluck, and Luck” documentary to showcase the earliest roots of raising chickens on Delmarva.
 
The Edward H. Ralph DPI Medal of Achievement was presented to Dr. Dan Bautista, director of the University of Delaware Lasher Laboratory. In that role, he collaborates with company and state veterinarians, allied industry scientists, and university faculty to protect Delmarva poultry flocks from disease. Bautista has served on DPI’s Emergency Poultry Disease Task Force, Chicken Festival, Poultry Health and Grower committees, and he is an executive board member of the American Association of Avian Pathologists. 
 
A DPI Medal of Achievement was presented to Robert Crockett, a member of the Accomack County, Va. Board of Supervisors, for his recognition of the importance of the Delmarva chicken industry. Crockett “has often shared that the poultry industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore is like an anchor store at a mall – an essential piece that brings economic benefits well beyond the industry itself,” DPI executive director Holly Porter said in presenting the award.
 
A special recognition was awarded to Lori Morrow, DPI’s office coordinator and corporate secretary/treasurer. A DPI employee for 18 years, Morrow’s work behind the scenes is essential to the success of DPI’s membership campaign; the National Meeting on Poultry Health, Processing and Live Production; the Booster Banquet; and many other events each year.