Category: Agribusiness

At a sprawling plant along the Indian River in Millsboro, through three shifts on seven days a week, employees at Merck Animal Health manufacture vaccines and other pharmaceutical products for cats, dogs, pigs and cows. But like so much of the agriculture industry here in the First State, Merck’s biggest customer is the poultry industry.…

The Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market this week kicked off its 11th season with a ribbon cutting organized by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. A mix of vendors, volunteers and community members turned out for the celebration. The market hosts 15 local vendors, selling a mix of fruits, vegetables, artisanal breads, cheeses, herbs and freshly…

(AP) — Nearly 700 people will be part of a class action lawsuit against a Delaware poultry processor over wastewater violations. A partner at law firm Baird, Mandalas and Brockstedt, Chase Brockstedt, tells WBOC-TV the lawsuit against Mountaire Farms will be filed Wednesday. Brockstedt says the plaintiffs must prove Mountaire’s wastewater discharge violations were negligent and reckless,…

(AP) — A southern Delaware poultry processor has agreed to pay a $420,000 civil penalty and offer an alternative water supply to nearby residents whose wells have been contaminated with high levels of nitrates. In a consent decree with state officials, Mountaire Farms also has agreed to take both interim and long-term corrective measures to…

Downtown Visions today is holding a grand opening celebration for the Downtown Farmers Market in Rodney Square. Mayor Mike Purzycki and Downtown Visions Executive Director Martin Hageman and other local officials will kick off the event. Downtown Visions, the nonprofit managing the Wilmington Business Improvement District, has operated the farmers market for the last 16 years.…

(AP) — Delaware officials say the saturation of wet weather on the Delmarva peninsula has contributed to the increased growth of buttercups. Despite the flowers’ gentle, yellow hue, WMDT-TV reports that the plants are poisonous, and can cause serious health issues for horses and other livestock. The Delaware Department of Agriculture says accidental consumption while…

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…