Category: Agribusiness

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…

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester today introduced a bill to extend federal trade assistance to farmers, growers and producers negatively impacted by President Donald Trump’s trade policy. Since the Trump administration implemented new tariffs on the import of steel and aluminum from China, Mexico, Canada and the European Union, a number of countries have responded by…

(AP) — State environmental officials say a cleanup is underway after hundreds of gallons of a highly corrosive chemical spilled at a southern Delaware poultry processing plant. Officials say the spill occurred about 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Mountaire Farms plant in Selbyville. It involved about 318 gallons of peracetic acid, a chemical commonly used…

(AP) — Delaware wildlife officials say this year’s wild turkey hunting season yielded fewer birds than last year. Officials say hunters harvested 571 birds in the one-month season that ended May 12. That’s 12.4 percent lower than last year’s harvest of 652 birds. Officials say tough weather-related hunting conditions during the first and last week…

(AP) — Another lawsuit has been filed against an Arkansas-based poultry company accused of committing wastewater violations at a Delaware processing plant. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the lawsuit filed Thursday on behalf of more than 80 people primarily focuses on groundwater nitrate contamination near Mountaire Farms’ neighbors in Sussex County. It seeks compensation and punitive…

U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons today ensured that an amendment giving Delaware farmers better access to agricultural conservation programs was included in the 2018 Farm Bill that is being considered by the Senate this week. The amendment would allow farmers in the beginning stages of farming to apply for conservation funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives…

(AP) — Officials say low-income residents in a Delaware county who are 60 years and older will be able to receive free fresh fruits and vegetables through a state new program. State Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse tells news outlets in a statement the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program will provide coupons to Sussex…