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Perdue Foundation to fund agriculture heritage exhibit at Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum

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Kim Nechay, executive director of the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, presents a $75,000 grant to Stacey Weisner, left, president and CEO of the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum, and Susan Pusey, Discovery Center board chair.
Salisbury, Md. (Sunday, February 5, 2017) – Building upon a commitment to agriculture and education, The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation has awarded a $75,000 grant to fund a new exhibit at the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum in Pocomoke City, Md., to showcase the region’s rich agriculture heritage and the role of Perdue Farms in that narrative.

“We’re thrilled to have Perdue’s support to create a new exhibit that furthers our mission to celebrate the heritage and culture of our communities,” said Stacey Weisner, president and CEO of the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum. “Perdue has played such an important role in the local agricultural community, and any such exhibit would be incomplete without telling the Perdue story and their positive impact on Delmarva.”

The Discovery Center and Perdue have assembled a team of advisors to begin planning the specifics for the new exhibit, which will be constructed next to the existing Wally Gordon River Otter Exhibit at the Center. Weisner explains the exhibit will be hands-on and interactive as well as universally accessible, educational and bilingual, and anticipates the exhibit will open in 2019. The Center plans to showcase the new exhibit during a two-day event called Delmarva Heritage Days in 2020 when Perdue celebrates its 100th anniversary.

“The Eastern Shore is fortunate to have such a wonderful learning asset in the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum, and we’re excited to partner with them in this new exhibit,” said Kim Nechay, executive director of the Foundation. “Educating our area youth on the benefits of agriculture in our economy and in our society will be such a great addition to their already great museum.”

About The Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum
Established in 2009, the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum located on the Pocomoke River in downtown Pocomoke City, Md., serves as a resource of learning and discovery for all ages through preservation and interpretation of its cultural and natural heritage. To learn more about the Delmarva Discovery Center & Museum, visit www.DelmarvaDiscoveryCenter.org or call 410-957-9933. The Discovery Center is open 7 days a week year round and is only closed for major holidays.

About The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.  At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.®

About Perdue Farms
We’re a third-generation, family owned, U.S. food and agriculture company. Through our belief in responsible food and agriculture, we are empowering consumers, customers and farmers through trusted choices in products and services. 
We focus on continuously improving everything we do, constantly learning, and sharing those insights across different production methods. That innovative approach is driving change throughout the company and onto farms. This continuous advancement is leading us toward our vision of becoming the most trusted name in food and agricultural products.
The PERDUE® brand is the number-one brand of fresh chicken in the U.S., and Perdue AgriBusiness is an international agricultural products and services company. As we approach our 100th anniversary in 2020, our path forward is about getting better, not just bigger. We never use drugs for growth promotion in raising poultry and livestock, and we are actively advancing our animal welfare programs. Our brands are leaders in no-antibiotics-ever chicken, turkey and pork, and in USDA-certified organic chicken. We’ve increased our support for the family farm by creating new markets, including specialty crops. Through agricultural services, we give farmers more options for the acre, including conversion to organic production and products and services that increase the sustainability of conventional agriculture. Learn more at www.perduefarms.com.


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