Delaware Department of Agriculture adjusting to coronavirus outbreak

DOVER — The Delaware Department of Agriculture continues to provide services to the public and industry to ensure that the food supply remains safe and plentiful for consumers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. “As Delaware’s No. 1 industry, family farms are crucial to supplying a variety of food from poultry and meats, fruits and vegetables, […]

Perdue Farms takes part in Day of Understanding

As part of Perdue Farms commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive workforce, the company invited associates at all its locations in late February to participate in its first Day of Understanding. Perdue joined 175 companies across the U.S. as part of a national effort organized by CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. “Day […]

Commentary: Delaware farmers urged to enroll in safety net programs

By Sean McKeon The clock is ticking. March 16 is the last day to make what is likely one of the most important business decisions you will make for your farming operation this year. If you have not already visited your local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office to make your election for either the […]

Hoping to sprout success: Cutting-edge 302 Aquaponics takes shape in Dover

DOVER — It looks like some kind of a crazy laboratory straight out of the future. It turns out that Dover’s Doug Wood is the mad scientist behind all those large blue barrels bubbling with water and fish that are the key ingredients to growing four types of organic produce. Inside the warm environment of […]

Commentary: Delaware farms are here to stay

This month, farmers at the World Dairy Expo in Wisconsin shared worries about the viability of family farms in our current economic climate. United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue shrugged off their concerns and said, “In America, the big get bigger and the small go out.” I guess he has never visited the State […]

Fall weather impacts crops, but not agritourism

As fall begins with fluctuating temperatures, some of Delaware’s top agriculture products are in jeopardy, according to area farmers. “The weather this fall has really been a blessing and a curse. It depends really on what you grow. The weather this fall has just been — it’s been different,” Secretary of Delaware’s Department of Agriculture […]

Commentary: Share the road as Delaware farmers harvest crops

It is harvest time again, and right now, farmers are working extra hard to harvest crops that are ready before they get damaged. Farm equipment and grain trucks are on the roadways at any time of day, sometimes until late at night and on weekends, too. Motorists can help them be safe by paying attention […]

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 […]