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Eastern Shore farms produced $1 billion worth of chicken in 2017, surpassing that milestone for the first time, an industry group said.

Maryland poultry production grew 12 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics.

The growth in value came even as the amount of chicken produced on the Eastern Shore declined by about 10,000 pounds, to 1.84 million pounds.

James Fisher, a spokesman for Delmarva Poultry Industry Inc., said that is because companies have found ways to improve efficiency and sell products such as pre-cooked grilled chicken strips that can easily be incorporated into meals.

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