Category: Agribusiness

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…

WILMINGTON — Like many of us, Greg Friedman gets alerts on his mobile device, but his alerts deliver weather updates for the Midwest because they are “bellwether areas for our customers.” Friedman is chief financial officer for Corteva Agriscience, which provides commercial farmers with chemicals and other products designed to improve plant performance and protect…

The National Chicken Council (NCC) unveiled a new video featuring four chicken farms in Maryland and Delaware that offer consumers a look onto the farms and their sustainability practices. The video features Rachel Rhodes, who raises chickens for Allen Harim; Janice Vickers, who raises chickens for Perdue Farms; and Michelle Chesnik and Terry Baker, who raise chickens…

Gov. John Carney on Tuesday announced that more than 134,000 acres of Delaware farmland have been permanently preserved. Each year, the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation makes selections for preservation, with support from federal, state and county governments. “Since the start of my administration, I have placed a high priority on preserving Delaware’s farmland so…