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 […]

COMMENTARY: We need a farm bill now more than ever

It is unfortunate that the passage of the 2018 farm bill has been delayed. As farmers and ranchers, we know how important these programs are to our livelihood and our ability to grow the food, fuel and fiber we all enjoy. Our legislators should understand how important the farm bill is to agriculture and our […]

COMMENTARY: Failure of Farm Bill is a ‘missed opportunity’

For most of us, $1.40 is not much. In fact, when you walk up and down grocery store aisles shopping for milk, bread, or chicken, you realize just how far that goes — not very. Yet for those in need, $1.40, the average cost per meal on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), is the […]

New Business: Local, fresh produce market crops up on U.S. 13

  CHESWOLD — Although John’s Market is new to U.S. 13, John Honaker himself is not new to running a market — the 22-year-old has been operating his family’s fresh, locally sourced produce stand since the tender age of 7. “We started a small farm on our four-acre property in Cheswold on Kenton Road back […]

Millsboro farm receives environmental award

TUCKER, Ga. — A Millsboro, Delaware, poultry farm was one of six farms nationwide to be recognized for environmental excellence during the 2018 International Production & Processing Expo, recently held in Atlanta. Baker’s Acres Farm was awarded the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association’s Family Farm Environmental Excellence Award. USPOULTRY sponsors the annual awards in recognition […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Idaho farmers victims of terrible health care reforms

The residents of Idaho are fortunate to have their Idaho potatoes to keep them healthy. It is a necessary, but not sufficient commodity, to continue keeping them healthy. Their government is in the process of reneging on its responsibility to provide decent and affordable health care. The state refuses to allow Medicaid expansion and is […]

Food bank, Perdue Farms to ‘Drive Out Hunger’ with grant challenge

MILFORD — With the community in their lane, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation hope to drive out hunger. The pair announced a new challenge last week as the foundation, the “charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms,” presented a “Drive Out Hunger” challenge grant in the amount […]