Category: Agribusiness

The Cecil County Arts Council is partnering with local farms to launch a craft and food market at 135 E. Main Street in Elkton, Maryland. The collaboration is being called ‘The Market at 135’ and is now open to the public. Cecil County farms, including Luff Family Farms, Chesapeake Gold Farms, Rumbleway Farm, Stafford Angus,…

Nine students pursuing college and graduate studies connected to careers in Delmarva’s chicken industry will receive $2,000 scholarships through the Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. (DPI) College Scholarship Program. Eight of the recipients will attend undergraduate colleges in the fall; one graduate student was also awarded a scholarship. “By supporting these students, DPI is investing in…

By Peter Osborne JustFoodforDogs is finalizing plans to start construction on a “human-grade commissary” in New Castle that will produce 35,000-40,000 pounds of fresh, highly nutritious dog food per day for kitchens, pantries, and stores-in-stores along the East Coast when it opens this fall. The “kitchen” will open with about 30 people at 200 Centerpoint…

By Alex Vuocolo Delmarva’s poultry growers produced 4.3 billion pounds of chicken worth $3.4 billion in 2018, according to new data released by Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc. That’s a one percent increase from the year prior, even as the total number of chickens (605 million) remained the same. “It kind of shows the industry doing…

Paul Downes retired as President and CEO of Mountaire Farms in late 2018 after 40 years of service with the nation’s sixth-largest poultry company. Paul joined Mountaire in 1978 as a flock supervisor. He eventually would lead all of live operations, and in 2009 was named Chief Operating Officer. In 2010, Paul became President of…

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has announced plans to seek applications for this year’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, with nearly $359,000 allocated to assist in increasing the competitiveness of Delaware-grown specialty crops. Applications will be accepted through April 22, 2019. The program, funded through the federal Farm Bill, covers products known as specialty crops,…

‘Vertical farms’ envisioned as path out of recidivism

By Peter Osborne DBT Editor Ajit Mathew George sees a future where state or federal inmates from Delaware will have farming jobs — and futures as entrepreneurs — waiting for them when they’re released. All within the Wilmington city limits. “On average, about 100 men and women are released from Delaware prisons every month to…

Mountaire Farms reported to the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control on February 15 that the cleanup of an accidental release of wastewater at the company’s Millsboro poultry facility has been completed. DNREC Groundwater Discharges Section staff were onsite to verify the cleanup efforts. Mountaire Farms’ response actions have included continuous 24-hour pumping of…