County council receives report on impact of co-op grant

This week, Mark Isaacs, director University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, thanked the Sussex County Council for their financial support.

“Every penny allocated to our facility stays in Georgetown,” said Isaacs of the $79,049 the council provides in grant funding.

Isaacs said the funding goes to cooperative extension programs that include 4-H youth development, and family and consumer sciences. Monies also go to Sussex County poultry research.

“Everything is biotechnology-driven, and federal grants don’t allow us to address specific problems that our agriculture producers are dealing with. The funds the council provides allows us to use those funds, whether they be for irrigation, pest-management strategies, that we cannot get funds outside of that purview.”

Isaacs also called attention to the $10,000 of that grant money that supports internships. He went on to play a video from a sophomore in the pre-veterinary program at the University of Delaware who thanked the council for their donation.

“This internship really made this young lady blossom,” he said. “She’s become an outstanding scholar with great practical experience.”

He thanked the council for their support for agriculture and for youth, adding that agriculture is the No. 1 industry in the state of Delaware.