Category: Agribusiness

The Delaware Soybean Board has named Danielle Bauer as executive director effective October 1, 2019. The group helps coordinate the soybean industry in Delaware, which plants 180,000 acres of soybeans each year and generates approximately $60 million in value to the state. “Danielle’s dedication to the agriculture industry is commendable,” stated Delaware Soybean Board Chair Cory Atkins. “The Board…

Cargill, the global agricultural supply company, has entered an agreement with Newark-based White Dog Labs to develop sustainable alternatives to fishmeal in aqua feed. The deal gives Cargill access to ProTyton, a patented single-cell protein developed by White Dog Labs that is produced by fermentation with corn feedstock. The protein is set to ship out…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $103,500 in grants to six Delaware farms and agricultural businesses to help reduce energy costs. “Lowering energy costs helps rural businesses improve their bottom line and create jobs,” Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed…

Changes give Sussex chicken growers a lot to cluck about

Poultry industry adapts to changing consumer demands The traditions of the poultry industry in Sussex County might feel timeless, but the industry continues to face its share of new challenges. Consumers are increasingly demanding chickens raised without antibiotics and with organic feed. A tight labor market is raising wages and requiring processors to offer perks…

Perdue treads lightly but leaves deep impressions

Although Perdue leaves a considerable economic footprint on the state, it’s not the most visible company even in the Sussex County cities it has transformed.  Drive through Milford or Georgetown, and you might not know Perdue is there unless you drive by one of the plants. It’s not the kind of industry to offer tours.…

The Delaware Center for the Inland Bays has installed the first artificial oyster reef in the state at Little Assawoman Bay off Fenwick Island. The reef is designed to restore oyster populations, create a habitat for fish and wildlife, and improve water quality in the bay. It was created using recycled oyster shells collected from…

One of Delaware’s most compelling community development projects, Second Chances Farm, has been nominated to the Forbes list of the most promising Opportunity Zone projects in the country. The Forbes OZ 20, powered by the Sorenson Impact Center, will ranks 16 promising projects taking place inside state-designated Opportunity Zones. Another four grand winners will receive…

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has issued a reminder to farmers to make an effort to avoid spraying irrigation water over the roadways. Due to high temperatures, farmers are likely irrigating more, which means more opportunities for end guns to spray water onto state highways. Wet roadways reduce pavement friction for motorists, increasing the possibility of…

DuPont on July 15 announced the opening of a new probiotics fermentation unit at its Rochester, New York facility. Probiotics are used in healthy food products such as Greek yogurts or fermented drinks, which have surged in popularity in recent years. The facility was completed in March as part of a $100 million investment and…

Wilmington City Council on July 11 unanimously passed an amendment to the City Code that will allow Second Chances farm, LLC to open a vertical farm in Northeast Wilmington. The indoor farm will employ former state and federal inmates from Delaware and produce healthy vegetables for purchase within the community. Mayor Mike Purzycki’s Office has…