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Perdue - Nutrient Management Enhancement

In 2001, Perdue approached the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB), a private non-profit organization under the U.S. EPA’s National Estuary Program. 
A “model watershed” initiative was proposed to accelerate compliance and nutrient management certification in the region, ahead of a Statemandated schedule. The initiative, named the Poultry Integrators’ Nutrient Effort (PINE), received funding from CIB, Perdue, other major poultry integrators, the local Sussex Conservation District, and two State of Delaware Programs - the Delaware Nutrient Management Program and the EPA-funded Delaware Non-point Source Program. CIB acted as the independent project coordination body. To effectively manage the project, a full-time Watershed Coordinator
position was created and filled, the first such position in Delaware.

The poultry growers are critical links in Perdue’s supply chain. In this project, Perdue provided not only financial support but also expertise in identifying and implementing the best management practices, in collaboration with other partners. The success of this project was important to Perdue to prevent supply chain interruptions and to meet Perdue’s own commitment to environmental sustainability. Overall, the PINE project is estimated to have reduced over 60,000 tons of total nitrogen and 4,000 tons of total phosphorus through the adoption of poultry best management practices in the watershed.