Category: Agribusiness

Irrigation systems: Real rainmakers for farmers

Yields increase as farmers invest. by Christi Milligan In 1973, Delaware boasted about 20,000 acres of irrigated farmland, most of it hand-moved pipe. Today, there are 127,272 acres, 95 percent of it irrigated through center pivot systems that deliver better precision and higher yields. Both farmers and state officials call the expansion proof that the…

Delaware government and business officials are celebrating the decision by the DuPont Co. and Dow Chemical to locate the corporate headquarters of the agriculture company to be spun off after their planned merger in Wilmington. The companies announced last month that Wilmington will be the home of the agriculture company’s CEO and key corporate support…

Dover, Del. — Delaware farmers’ markets broke through another record last year, surpassing $3 million in sales, according to officials from the Delaware Department of Agriculture. “This record-breaking season shows how Delaware’s family farms are thriving, growing, and leading the nation,” said Gov. Jack Markell. “Our farmers’ markets help support local growers, lead to jobs, and…

Dover, Del. –– LEADelaware, the state’s agriculture and natural resources leadership program, is accepting applications for its fourth fellowship class, which will run for two years starting in January 2016. Applications must be received by Nov. 13; applicants will be notified of their selection in early December. LEADelaware is designed to help build the next…

Delaware farmers take precautions against avian flu

By Christi Milligan As waterfowl begin their migration south, poultry farmers say they’re hopeful the journey doesn’t include a Delmarva pit stop, keeping the industry free from the highly pathogenic strain of the avian flu that has decimated 48 million birds to the west. But they’re preparing just in case. Georgie Catanza, a Dover farmer…

Newark’s old co-op turns 40, embarks on a larger mission

By Christi Milligan The challenge was this: How to take a 40-year-old grocery store birthed among the first generation of consumers committed to an organic, farm-to-table lifestyle, and rebrand it in a way that could attract like-minded millennials. Last year, Newark Natural Foods Co-op was already poised to move from their longtime location on Main…