Category: Agribusiness

Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture division of DowDuPont, and Monsanto Company announced today the completion of a licensing agreement for a new kind of insect control for corn crops in U.S. and Canada. Corteva will receive a licence to “stack” its own targeted insect control chemicals with Monsanto’s patented approach, “Corn Rootworm III.” The combined insect…

(AP) — Local officials have approved plans to turn a former pickle plant in Millsboro into a chicken processing facility. The News Journal reports the Sussex County Board of Adjustment on Monday approved an application from Allen Harim Foods LLC to use the nearly 460,000-square-foot facility as its new Delmarva headquarters. The company will also…

New Castle County is calling in the warmer weather with the reopening of five county-sponsored farmers markets. These outdoor markets give local farmers and vendors a chance to sell their products, while providing residents with healthy food options. “Farm to table will make you grow strong and able,” County Executive Matt Meyer said. “Support our…

The Delaware Division of Public Health has issued a warning about a multistate outbreak of E. coli infections linked to chopped romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. There have been no confirmed cases yet, but the potentially contaminated lettuce could make people sick. The Division advises customers who have purchased store-bought chopped romaine lettuce to throw…

(AP) — A Delaware poultry farm facing a potential lawsuit over contaminated water says it’s not to blame. Mountaire Farms in Millsboro issued a statement Wednesday that groundwater problems around its plant in Millsboro are not the fault of its processing plant. In the statement, they say 20 percent of drinking-water wells in Sussex County…

University of Delaware graduate student Samantha Speck is studying geography to better understand the risks facing the U.S. mushroom industry. In the process, she surveyed mushroom farmers in Chester County, Pennsylvania and found a regional industry worried about its future. “Their concern is our mushroom market is going to become entirely imports because these businesses won’t…

The Delaware Tree Farm Committee has named Douglas R. Simpson of Bridgeville the 2018 Tree Farmer of the Year. The award recognizes landowners who practice and promote sustainable forestry. Simpson owns a 700-acre tree farm in Sussex County. The state certified the land in 1995. Simpson works in partnership with the Delaware Forest Services to…

By Joyce L. Carroll Special to Delaware Business Times Farming is an $8 billion industry in Delaware, with Sussex County producing more poultry than any other county in the country. Given the value, advocacy is crucial. A farm bureau may provide that function, but equally important is dedicated leadership. Pam Bakerian brings much to that…

The agriculture division of DowDuPont today announced its new name, Corteva Agriscience, once its spun off into its own company by June 1. The name is derived from a combination of words meaning “heart” and “nature.” “This is the start of an exciting journey,” said James C. Collins, Jr., chief operating officer of the Agriculture Division.…

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…