The newly formed Delaware Council on Farm and Food Policy will work with the Delaware Department of Agriculture to improve access to nutritious and local food options.
“In a state our size, there is an opportunity to draw real connections between the unique and varied opportunities within each of Delaware’s three counties,” said Nikko Brady, DDA deputy principal assistant. “The value of a council like this is its capacity to pioneer a model for influencing statewide community prosperity by capitalizing on our cornerstone industry – agriculture.”
The Council was developed to set the tone for statewide collaboration and evidence-based project development towards a stronger agricultural economy and access to healthy foods.
Current local product includes summer vegetables such as sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches and blueberries.
“I am excited to work with the Council, under the leadership of David Edgell, to witness the changes in policy that will positively impact Delawareans by ensuring they have access to healthy, affordable food produced by the very best family farms in this country,” said Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse.
Agriculture is Delaware’s top industry, providing 20,000 jobs and $8 billion of economic activity, including $1.2 billion in direct sales from 2,500 family farms.