Gov. John Carney, along with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, this week announced a new grant program (https://agriculture.delaware.gov/grants-loans/) to assist contract poultry growers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation recently voted to extend district enrollment until Dec. 31 to any agricultural landowners who want to preserve their farms. The landowners will have the opportunity to apply for Round 25 in 2021. Before the landowner can submit a bid to…
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.
As she was shopping at Millsboro’s new farmers’ market, Jennifer Taylor was thinking about the cucumber-and-onion salad she planned to make with locally grown produce.
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…
For the first time in more than a dozen years, Parsons Farms Produce in Dagsboro won’t be a vendor at the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market, which opened on June 7 for the 2020 season.
Applications for Sussex Conservation District (SCD) cover-crop cost-share program will be accepted beginning Monday, June 15, through Friday, July 31. The program provides farmers with up to $6,000 in cost-share assistance to offset costs associated with planting cover crops.
The grant application period is now open for soybean promotion and communication projects funded by the soybean checkoff program. Administered by the Delaware Soybean Board (DSB), the checkoff is a 100-percent farmer-funded program to benefit First State soybean farmers.
Delaware’s food chain is a doubly important part of its society. Agriculture means feeding the public, and it also means jobs, income and tax revenue.
After weeks of uncertainty and public outcry, Delaware farmers’ markets have been given the green light by Gov. John Carney to open after an initial ban due to the COVID-19 virus state-of-emergency.
Members of the Ocean View Historical Society have a tongue-in-cheek request for area residents: Start practicing the bird dance, because plans are under way for the Coastal Towns Chicken Festival next summer.
In partnership with a growing list of regional food banks and pantries, Future Harvest is addressing food shortages while aiding small- to mid-scale farmers through its “Feed The Need” Fund. The campaign, which kicked off on “GivingTuesday” on May 5, is expected to raise more than $15,000 fo…
With the assistance of the Delaware Farmers’ Market Coalition, a group of market managers from across the state, the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is issuing protocols to help farmers’ markets safely begin opening starting May 15, officials announced on Monday, May 11.
When food remains one of the basic essentials to survival, some people are chafing that farmers’ markets are not officially deemed “essential” enough to open during Delaware’s State of Emergency.
Due to the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, the deadline for produce growers to register their farms with the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) has been extended to June 30.
On Nov. 15, when life was normal, Bennett Orchards put a post on their Facebook page indicating they were considering co-hosting, with Magee Farms, a food canning and jarring workshop. “Who would be interested?” they asked.
Maintaining the supply of food and fiber for our citizens, especially during times of an emergency, is of paramount importance, Delaware agriculture officials emphasized on March 18.
The Delaware Department of Agriculture is currently seeking applications for this year’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, with nearly $344,500 allocated to assist in increasing the competitiveness of Delaware-grown specialty crops. Applications will be accepted through April 14.
The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays is seeking volunteers to help plant 3,500 seedlings this weekend at the Assawoman Wildlife Area near Bethany Beach.
Allen Harim, a producer and processor of no-antibiotic chicken on Delmarva, has moved into a new corporate headquarters building near Millsboro, and Delaware Gov. John Carney was on hand Aug. 2 to help cut a ribbon at the new facility.
On Sunday, June 10, the Bethany Beach Farmers' Market celebrated the start of its 11th season by hosting a ceremonial ribbon-cutting with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. Market vendors, board members and volunteers were present for the celebration.
Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: Jimmy and Kathy Guido are providing the Clarksville area with organic produce on their farm, Berry Lovers Farm.Berry Lovers Farm sticks to its roots by farming organically grown produce in Clarksville.
Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: From left, Anchors Aweigh Entertainment owners Jason and Summer Phillips are working with Kingsley Orchards owners Tony and Meghan Morgan on hosting a Family Fun Day at the orchards this weekend.For years, Frankford's old fruit farm was a jungle of weeds set a…
Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the painted rock creations from Carol Gentes on display at this year's Artisans Fair.The Artisans Fair at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will celebrate its 10th anniversary when the fair gets under way this Memorial Day weekend, adding on a…
Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Cindy Stevens and C.J. Mears display some of the produce they have grown through aquaponic farming.At the entrance to a greenhouse at Bearhole Farms near Roxana sits a blue tank about the size of a small hot tub. Orange-finned flashes flit around the bottom and …
Millsboro Middle School is only a half-mile away from a major laboratory and vaccine manufacturer. But a small group of students experienced their very first trip inside the gates of Merck Animal Health facility for Manufacturing Day on Oct. 7.