Category: Agribusiness

Aquaponics spawning a new avenue in agribusiness

DOVER – When the timer in Doug Wood’s greenhouse goes off four times a day it means it’s time to feed the fish: all 3,000 of them. His business, 302 Aquaponics, is part of a burgeoning sector of agribusiness that’s known as aquaponics, a combination of aquaculture and hydroponics. In short, the science combines raising…

Bioenergy DevCo acquires Perdue’s Del. compost plant

SEAFORD – An upstart developer of microbe-based sustainable waste-processing plants has signed a 20-year agreement with Perdue Farms to process its organic material and purchased the major poultry processing company’s Sussex County AgriRecycle organic soil composting facility. Bioenergy DevCo, based in Columbia, Maryland, will manage the operations of the AgriRecycle facility that composts up to…

Second Chances Farm dedicated with ladybugs and an effort to put faces on Ajit George’s vision

WILMINGTON – Second Chances Farm (SCF) called the event the Ladybug Launch Dedication, as 10,000 ladybugs shared the new 47,500-square-foot facility with around 300 attendees and 13 speakers on the agenda. SCF Founder Ajit Mathew George sees a future where state or federal inmates from Delaware will have farming jobs — and futures as entrepreneurs…

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…