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Governor’s Weekly Message: Celebrating Ongoing Agricultural Efforts at the Delaware State Fair

Date Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Kent County New Castle County Sussex County Weekly Message

Governor Markell shares his highlights from Governor’s Day at the 2015 Delaware State Fair.




Waterfowl prohibited from Delaware State Fair in avian influenza precaution

Date Posted: Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

To protect against the spread of avian influenza, the Delaware Department of Agriculture is prohibiting waterfowl entries in the poultry competitions at the Delaware State Fair next month. “This action is being taken out of an abundance of caution to guard against the spread of avian influenza,” said Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst. There have been no East Coast cases of the disease. There are no immediate public health concerns, and poultry and eggs which are properly prepared and cooked are still safe to eat.




DDA begins annual surveillance for emerald ash borer (EAB)

Date Posted: Wednesday, June 10th, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

With the arrival of summer, the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) Forest Service and Plant Industries sections would like to alert homeowners, campers, and tree care professionals to look for signs or symptoms of emerald ash borer, otherwise known as EAB, a destructive wood-boring pest of ash trees. At the same time, DDA is beginning its own annual surveillance to look for EAB in the First State. EAB has been found in 25 states, including those in the Mid-Atlantic nearest to Delaware (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia). The nearest known location of EAB to Delaware is in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia.




Care is urged after imported fire ants found in palm tree shipment

Date Posted: Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Sussex County

State authorities are alerting local businesses and purchasers of tropical nursery stock of the recent detection of fire ants in a shipment of palm trees imported from Florida. The red imported fire ants were detected during a routine check at a Sussex County business by the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industries nursery inspection team. They were eradicated and do not pose a threat.




Gov. Markell Celebrates Arbor Day at Appoquinimink

Date Posted: Friday, May 1st, 2015
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

Governor Jack A. Markell celebrated Arbor Day today by honoring the winners of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual school poster contest and joining Appoquinimink High School students and staff to plant more than 30 trees donated by Delmarva Power, which was also recognized with a “Tree Line USA” Award.




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