Category: Agribusiness

High-tech harvest: Farming in a wireless world

by Kim Hoey Special to Delaware Business Times There was a lot of guesswork and hard hand labor involved when Robert Thompson’s grandfather founded the family’s Hartly farm more than 100 years ago with 77 acres. While there is still plenty of hand labor today, there is less guesswork on the now-1,200 acres. Among the…

Eleven Delaware urban farm and community garden projects are receiving support to grow and thrive through a new initiative designed to strengthen communities and improve nutrition. This year’s pilot initiative awarded $10,000 in micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture to community groups, religious institutions, schools and other organizations. Gov. Jack Markell made the announcement…

Business groups seek Coastal Zone Act revisions

By Kathy Canavan Tom Drye runs manufacturing plants in seven states, but Delaware’s Coastal Zone Act still knocked him for a loop. “The Coastal Zone Act permitting process sort of came out of nowhere and hit us,” said Drye, who wanted to move 50 research, technical and light manufacturing jobs to Delaware. First, he found…

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…