During a stop at the Delaware Agriculture Education & Commodities Building at the Delaware State Fair last week, Gov. John Carney announced that an additional 3,827 acres on 54 farms are now permanently preserved for future generations.

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The Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market will be held at George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon, with this week’s market featuring a celebration of the tomato. It’s “Mater Madness” this Saturday as the HLFM celebrates its favorite fruit to kick off National Farmer…

It could be that the spirit of Cecile Steele will join those attending the kick-off dinner for the Ocean View Historical Society’s Delmarva Chicken Festival, at The Café on 26 on Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), on Thursday, May 19.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) announced recently that, beginning on April 29, the Delaware Council on Farm & Food Policy (Council) would be accepting grant applications for projects to enable local entities to address challenges, stabilize, strengthen and build resilience …

This week, 30 food and agriculture groups released the sixth annual Feeding the Economy report (https://feedingtheeconomy.com/), a historic farm-to-fork economic analysis revealing how the sectors influence the local and broader United States economies. Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, …

We hear about invasive plants these days, and it seems like their characteristics are great in a garden — low care, spreads nicely, easy to grow. Perfect, right? NO!

Testing has confirmed a case of avian influenza on a Delaware poultry farm that showed increased mortality this wee. Following an investigation by the Delaware Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory has confirmed poultry from t…

The Historic Lewes Farmers Market is now open for farmers/producers to apply for a spot in the 2022 market season. The Saturday market opens at George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes on May 7 and ends on Nov. 19. The Wednesday market at Crooked Hammock Brewery runs from June 1 through Sept. 28. Far…

Joanne K. Guilfoil of Selbyville has published the second of three books about chickens on Delmarva. The first was an ABC book, also translated into Spanish, for pre-readers and non-English speaking adults. Copies are available at Delaware beach bookstores and online at www.Shorebooksllc.com…

Small Delmarva farmers interested in learning more about sustainable agriculture practices and focused on growing for the local market can apply now for the 2022 Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) scholarship program. Completed applications are due no later than Friday, Dec. 17.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) this week celebrated the start of the distribution of approximately $6.75 million in direct payments announced last week for Delaware chicken growers who suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. John Carney, the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the Delaware Council on Farm & Food Policy on Nov. 18 announced a $2 million investment in seed funding to establish the First State Integrated Food System Program.

In collaboration with Helen Raleigh and the Story Hill Farm team, chef Matt Kern of One Coastal restaurant, A Sweet Affair Events and Lana Foley Photography came together to create a magical experience at the farm.

A steady downward trend over the past five years in the landowner discounts of permanent agricultural conservation easements selected for purchase in Delaware shows it’s a great time for landowners to preserve their farms, state officials said this week.

Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse this week urged producers across Delaware to participate in USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service’s (NASS’s) upcoming Agricultural Labor Survey scheduled for release in mid-October. The survey will collect information about hired labor from…

West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in Delaware for the first time in 2021 in sentinel chickens, DNREC announced this week. The first finding occurred in northern New Castle County, at a sentinel chicken station sampled by DNREC’s Mosquito Control section on July 19.

David Godwin was selling vine-reddened tomatoes and fragrant peaches at the Millsboro Farmers’ Market on a recent Saturday morning, accompanied by his 12-year-old son, Mitchell, who arranged stalks of corn on the long table where shoppers stop and select fruits and vegetables to grace their …

The Delaware Department of Agriculture is warning all residents about two deadly species of hemlock recently found in Sussex County. Environmental scientists have confirmed the presence of poison hemlock (conicum maculatum) and spotted water hemlock (cicuta maculata). All parts of the plants…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Tuesday announced additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative — including chicken growers who have yet to receive financial assistance during the pandemic.

With COVID restrictions in place earlier this year, the annual presentation of the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Delaware Agriculture looked a lot different than a ballroom full of agriculture supporters. Recently, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse took a ro…

Experienced, intermediate, and new farmers can all benefit from working one-on-one with a consultant to fortify their farm operations, but not all farmers have the budget to do so. Thanks to funding from the Northeast Extension Risk Management Education Center (NERME), Future Harvest has lau…

Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) cover-crop cost-share program will be accepted Monday, June 14, through Friday, July 30. The program provides farmers with up to $40,000 in cost-share assistance to offset costs associated with planting cover crops.

U.S. Sens. Tom Carper (D-Del.), Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and three of their Senate colleagues recently sent a letter urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack to use funding made available through American Rescue Plan legislation to make sure that farmers of color ha…

It’s a lawsuit that’s been years in the making, but the class-action suit against Mountaire Farms may be approaching a $65 million resolution. Rather than face a prolonged jury trial, the poultry processing plant and the citizens who sued them have agreed to a $65 million settlement that cou…

For 14 years, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM) has awarded scholarships to small-scale Delmarva farmers to attend sustainable-farming conferences, including the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Annual Farming for the Future Conference, the Future Harvest CA…

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined Delaware Farm Bureau President Richard Wilkins to accept the Friend of the Farm Bureau Award for the 116th Congress. Carper accepted the award at Delaware Agriculture Museum President Grier Stayton’s farm.

A Georgetown woman and her husband, concerned about a next-door neighbor whose goats, chickens and other farm animals are emitting odors and attracting flies and whose dogs bark and whine for hours, they assert, is hoping to raise awareness about what is permitted under Sussex County Code an…

Delaware soybean producers will have even more incentive to push for record yields this year with the introduction of a non-irrigated category in the Delaware Soybean Yield Contest. The annual contest was created by the Delaware Soybean Board (DSB) to encourage new and innovative soybean man…

U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), co-chairs of the Senate Chicken Caucus, recently led a letter to Senate leadership and the Senate Committee on Agriculture highlighting the severe impacts COVID-19 is having on the U.S. chicken industry and requesting direct assista…

Delaware officials recently announced the 24th consecutive round of easement selections by the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation. With the preservation of another 5,500 acres, Delaware has permanently preserved more than 139,000 acres of farmland for future generations.

This Saturday, the Historic Lewes Farmers’ Market is planning to be at George H.P. Smith Park (Dupont and Johnson Avenues). However, customers are being advised to watch the HLFM Facebook page for market location updates. In case of rain, the market moves to the Richard A. Shields Elementary…