Category: Agribusiness

Delaware Farmers’ markets in 2017 generated more than $3 million in sales, the second highest season since the state began recording sales a decade ago. A total of 21 community-run markets contributed to the sales. “These numbers are a reflection of the positive relationship that Delaware residents and those visiting our state have with our family…

The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service last week released its final crop production numbers for 2017, and Delaware scored high across the board. “When we look at the USDA’s production summary it confirms what we saw as we moved throughout the state. We had good weather and Delaware farmers were able to get into the…

(AP) — Poultry producer Allen Harim plans to move its corporate headquarters into a former pickle plant. The News Journal reports that the company announced plans Monday to move into the 460,000 square-foot former Vlasic pickle plant in Millsboro. Part of the building will be used to de-bone some of its chicken products. The move will create…

Delaware farmers will soon have a chance to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. The national survey of farms and ranches is conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The census will be mailed out this week. The federal government uses the data to shape farm policy, while…

(AP) — A poultry processing company in southern Delaware has agreed to provide bottled water to local residents after elevated nitrate levels were found in private wells. State officials say Mountaire Farms began providing bottled water to residents Thursday after sampling of wells at homes neighboring the company’s Milford processing plant and its spray irrigation…

By Kim Hoey Special to Delaware Business Times On Friday nights, Michelle Harvey likes to drive out to Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel to have a slider, maybe play some cornhole, and, of course, have a glass or two of wine. As a member of winery’s wine club, she attends quarterly “pick-Up” parties where she…

The Delaware Department of Agriculture today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture awarded $300,000 to seven projects intended to improve the competitiveness of local specialty crops. These include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. “The Specialty Crop Block Grant provides funding for research that makes a difference in the…

Allen Harim, a poultry producer based in southern Delaware, yesterday broke ground on the construction phase of $22 million hatchery on Nine Foot Road in Dagsboro. The 70,000-square-foot facility will process up to 2.5 million eggs per week. It will also help the company move away from giving antibiotics to its chickens. “This is an…

In Delaware, all beekeepers must register their hives with the state. The Department of Agriculture issued a reminder of the requirement this week. The registration form is available here: http://dda.delaware.gov/plantind/forms.shtml The program is part of an initiative to maintain bee populations in the state. Bees pollinate 15 to 30 percent of the food we eat, according…