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 […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hypocrisy is astounding

Beverly Monahan’s last letter focused on the Farm Bill and how other things not related to it should not be included. (“Farm Bill Analysis,” June 3) My question for her would simply be this: Where was this opinion of hers seven months ago when it was Trump who wanted the repeal of the individual mandate […]

Matching funds help farmland preservation program

DOVER — More than 127,000 acres of Delaware farmland are now permanently preserved for future generations, with the purchase of the development rights of 41 farms totaling 3,534 acres, the Delaware Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. This marks the 22nd consecutive year of easement selections by the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation. Many of the […]