Category: Agribusiness

(AP) — State environmental officials say a southern Delaware poultry processing facility with a history of wastewater violations has reported an accidental discharge of up to 1 million gallons of partially treated wastewater. Officials say Arkansas-based Mountaire Farms reported that the release was discovered about 5 a.m. Wednesday after a wastewater system component failed. Mountaire…

(AP) — State officials say the Delaware Bay’s stock of blue crabs is continuing a four-year growth streak. The Delaware State News reported Tuesday that harvest, population estimates and other data from the state’s 2018 blue crab season indicate the bay’s stock is growing. Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control biometrician Richard Wong…

(AP) — State environmental officials have reached an agreement with a southern Delaware poultry processing company over wastewater violations. Officials said Wednesday that Allen Harim has signed a conciliation order settling past violations at its processing facility in Harbeson and at a hatchery facility in Dagsboro. The settlement includes an administrative penalty of $300,000, although…

DowDuPont today announced the members of the future boards of directors of Dow, DuPont, and Corteva Agriscience. “The establishment of highly qualified boards is a critical milestone for the three industry-leading growth companies we are creating,” said Jeff Fettig, executive chairman of DowDuPont. “Using a rigorous and thorough process, we have formed boards with diverse…

(AP) — A Delaware judge has nixed an appeal bid by state officials in a case involving an environmental group’s challenge of permit requirements for large poultry operations. The judge on Monday denied the state’s request to send the case directly to Delaware’s Supreme Court. The judge said the request was both untimely and did…

By Jon Hurdle Special to Delaware Business Times A European company seeking to build a presence in the U.S. market for crop-protection chemicals might be tempted to base its operation in farm-belt states like Kansas or Iowa. But for Belchim Crop Protection USA, a Belgium-based distributor of herbicides, fungicides and insecticides, Delaware was the choice…

By Roger Morris Special to Delaware Business Times Talk of trade war has loomed over the economy for the past several months, but have those fears become a reality for Delaware farmers? “Sure, they have,’’ said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse, in late August. “It’s affecting us big time. In the last 90 days,…

Amid lawsuits, Millsboro residents hold out for changes

By Jon Hurdle Special to Delaware Business Times Heather Swartley has been drinking bottled water for almost a year after being told that her private well was contaminated with pollutants from the nearby Mountaire Farms chicken plant outside of Millsboro in Sussex County. The regular deliveries, paid for by the company, give her a clean…