Category: Agribusiness

(AP) — A Delaware judge has nixed an appeal bid by state officials in a case involving an environmental group’s challenge of permit requirements for large poultry operations. The judge on Monday denied the state’s request to send the case directly to Delaware’s Supreme Court. The judge said the request was both untimely and did…

By Jon Hurdle Special to Delaware Business Times A European company seeking to build a presence in the U.S. market for crop-protection chemicals might be tempted to base its operation in farm-belt states like Kansas or Iowa. But for Belchim Crop Protection USA, a Belgium-based distributor of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, Delaware was the choice…

By Roger Morris Special to Delaware Business Times Talk of trade war has loomed over the economy for the past several months, but have those fears become a reality for Delaware farmers? “Sure, they have,’’ said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse, in late August. “It’s affecting us big time. In the last 90 days,…

Amid lawsuits, Millsboro residents hold out for changes

By Jon Hurdle Special to Delaware Business Times Heather Swartley has been drinking bottled water for almost a year after being told that her private well was contaminated with pollutants from the nearby Mountaire Farms chicken plant outside of Millsboro in Sussex County. The regular deliveries, paid for by the company, give her a clean…

By James Fisher Special to Delaware Business Times Raising, processing and marketing chicken is Delaware agriculture’s main economic engine. Seventy cents of every dollar earned on a Delaware farm is earned by the chicken community. This $1.7 billion industry, though, operates out of sight and out of mind for many Delawareans. Thousands of jobs depend…

(AP) — Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers are receiving their share of a $50 million settlement, nearly nine years after some farmers filed a class-action lawsuit against a national dairy marketing cooperative. Dairy farmers of America this week paid an average of $4,000 to nearly 9,000 farms to settle a lawsuit that accused the marketing…

(AP) — Fishermen and scientists on Delaware’s coast are seeing greater numbers of fish that are typically found much farther south. The News Journal of Wilmington reported Friday that climate change may be slowly altering marine ecosystems along the First State’s coast. Some of the species are previously known to frequent Florida. Others rarely traveled beyond the…

The newly formed Delaware Council on Farm and Food Policy will work with the Delaware Department of Agriculture to improve access to nutritious and local food options. “In a state our size, there is an opportunity to draw real connections between the unique and varied opportunities within each of Delaware’s three counties,” said Nikko Brady,…

A poultry producer is asking for a change to the decision that grants it a special use exception for a deboning facility in Delaware. An Allen Harim spokesperson tells WBOC-TV the company found the condition that its spray irrigation system must be upgraded, approved, permitted and operational before the Millsboro facility is operational too restrictive.…

Poultry producer Allen Harim, founded in 1919, has moved into a new corporate headquarters at 29984 Pinnacle Way in Millsboro. The 18,900 square-foot building is located in the former Vlasic pickle plant. Allen Harim, formerly headquartered in Seaford, purchased the plant in 2014. Delmarva Veteran Builders, which hires primarily veterans, completed the renovations. Sen. Gerald…