Category: Agribusiness

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…

(AP) — State environmental officials are holding a public hearing on a proposed expansion of a poultry processing plant in Millsboro. Thursday evening’s hearing involves a request by Mountaire Farms for a Coastal Zone Act permit to build and operate a third production line in a 5,300 square foot expansion at its facility on John…

As Delaware’s Secretary of Agriculture, Mike Scuse is charged with helping the agricultural industry grow and thrive. He has witnessed farmers using advanced technology to improve outcomes and make farms more efficient. Here, he answers some questions about the state’s agriculture climate. What does the pending merger of DuPont and Dow mean for agriculture in…