Commentary: Farmers asked to keep water off the roadways

Even after all the rain this spring, soils in Delaware are dry, particularly sandy soil which can-not hold the moisture. With temperatures hovering at the 100-degree mark, water evaporates more quickly, too. So farmers are likely irrigating longer and more often. The Delaware Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers to make sure their irrigation systems […]

Grain bin rescue tube, training donated to Harrington Fire Company

HARRINGTON — The Harrington Volunteer Fire Company has a new tool in its arsenal for even the tightest of emergencies. A grain bin rescue tube was donated to the organization with the help of local and national businesses knowing tragedies can arise when they are least expected. Joseph Poppiti, executive director of the Delaware Farm […]

Letter to the Editor: Temporary aid assists farmers

Seems it is “Deja vu” all over again for Congresswoman Blunt Rochester. Her May 25 Delaware State News commentary on the impact of China tariffs on farm commodities is nearly identical to that of Aug. 4, 2018 when she introduced H.R. 6483 to make permanent the President’s temporary relief to farmers. Now Blunt Rochester introduces […]

Commentary: Delaware farmers caught in the middle of China trade war

From currency manipulation, to state-owned enterprises, to allegations of technology and intellectual property theft — we’ve known for some time that the Chinese government hasn’t been playing on a level playing field. It’s why I was cautiously optimistic when the incoming Trump Administration pledged to take these unfair trade practices seriously. Two years, many rounds […]

Letter to the Editor: Poll shows impacts of rural economy on farmers’ mental health

A strong majority of farmers and farm workers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impact their mental health, according to a new national research poll by Morning Consult. Other factors farmers deal with include stress, weather, the economy, isolation and social stigma. Sponsored by the American Farm Bureau […]

Commentary: Safely share the road with farm equipment in Delaware

Farmers are back in the fields after a wet early spring, and that means they will be on the roads, too. Most people think farmers only need the highways in the fall, during harvest, but we’re on the road at least nine months of the year, maneuvering in traffic. We need to use those roads […]

Commentary: On Delaware farms, every day is Earth Day

At USDA, we celebrate Earth Day 2019 by offering big thank-yous to farmers here in Delaware for all they do. Every day we see their efforts to conserve natural resources while producing food, fiber and fuel for people in their communities and around the world. They are doing what needs to be done to make […]

U.S. Census of Agriculture data to assist decision making

DOVER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service Delaware office on Thursday announced the results of the 2017 Census of Agriculture with new information about 2,302 Delaware farms and ranches and those who operate them, including first-time data about on-farm decision making, at the state and county level. “Agriculture continues to […]

Giant pumpkin a winner for Georgetown’s Givens

GEORGETOWN — First and foremost, Ed Givens is no longer “Second-place Ed.” Mr. Givens’ green thumb and passion for growing gigantic pumpkins finally paid off in victory. Saturday, his monster orange pumpkin named “Cindy” earned first place at a regional pumpkin weigh-off held at Grims Orchard and Family Farm in Brenigsville, Pennsylvania, sandwiched between Allentown […]

Going to work

Chris Cole of Harrington took this photo of a combine unloading its corn on Andrewville Road, outside of Harrington, on Sept. 17.