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.

State gets help for ailing crops: USDA offers farmers emergency assistance

DOVER — Due to a difficult planting/growing season, the state has been granted an emergency disaster designation by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), according to the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA). “With United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s granting an emergency disaster designation for Delaware, farmers are able to apply for assistance, […]

SOUND OFF DELAWARE: Trade policies and tariffs

This is your public forum. We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to or posted online under the stories at Sunday’s Opinion page featured a commentary by U.S. Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., who introduced H.R. 6483, the Trade Assistance for Farmers Act. The bill would permanently expand the existing Trade Adjustment […]

COMMENTARY: Fighting to help farmers impacted by trade policies

When I tell my colleagues in Congress that Delaware is a microcosm of the United States, I’m often met with, “Really?” It’s because they aren’t familiar with all the First State has to offer. While many know us for our prosperous cities, pristine shoreline and tax-free shopping, one of our best-kept secrets is our rich […]

Future of farming evident at Delaware State Fair

HARRINGTON ­— Move away from the flashing lights and raucous carnival and stage shows and you’ll see, hear and smell the heart of the Delaware State Fair. There is the laughter of a young child making a “snow angel” in a golden bed of corn. Nearby, you’ll hear the baa of sheep to newcomers of […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Delaware needs to pass Hemp Farming Act

Please urge your legislators to ensure that the Delaware Industrial Hemp Farming Act (SB 266) sponsored by Sens. Delcollo and Ennis and Reps. Carson and Wilson is passed. There are now 17 states that have passed hemp farming bills, and Thursday the 2018 Farm Bill passed in the U.S. Senate 86-11 including a provision from […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The real cost of factory poultry farming

Most people, when they go to the grocery store, pay a price for whatever item they are purchasing at the advertised price. But the people of Sussex County are paying a much higher price than people elsewhere for chickens. That’s because there is a hidden cost in raising the chickens here in Delaware. Many residents […]