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Delaware Department of Agriculture asks Delawareans to keep an eye out for hungry pests

Date Posted: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service

To protect our State, we are asking Delawareans to join us in the battle against invasive plant pest and diseases. If you suspect an invasive pest or disease, contact our Plant Industries section at (302) 698-4500. Get acquainted with the hungry pests that would like to dine in Delaware by visiting www.hungrypests.com. This April—Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month—we urge you to help stop the spread of these harmful pests.




New online tool to assess community tree canopy in Delaware

Date Posted: Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Kent County New Castle County Sussex County

The Delaware Forest Service (DFS) has unveiled a new online tool that uses geographic information systems (GIS) software to help cities, towns, and neighborhoods to measure and increase their community tree canopy percentage. The link is: de.gov/treecanopy

Developed by the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s GIS specialist Jimmy Kroon, the tool covers the entire First State: municipalities as well as homeowner associations and neighborhoods can assess their current level of tree cover as a starting point to explore opportunities to plant new trees and maintain their existing ones.




Merriken is Delaware’s 2017 “Tree Farmer of the Year”

Date Posted: Friday, March 24th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Kent County Sussex County

Leslie Merriken received Delaware’s 2017 “Tree Farmer of the Year” award for her extensive work in forestry conservation and education at the Delaware Forestry Association’s annual meeting in Bridgeville. The honor recognizes landowners who practice exceptional management and promote sustainable forestry.

The American Tree Farm System was established in 1941 and is one of the oldest forest landowner organizations. Delaware’s first Tree Farm was certified in 1959; today there are more than 200 Tree Farms covering over 20,000 acres.




Grants available for education, marketing, and research of specialty crops

Date Posted: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

Nearly $300,000 in federal grant funding is now available for projects to help increase the competitiveness of Delaware-grown specialty crops. The Delaware Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through May 15, 2017.




Delaware announces new state apiarist

Date Posted: Monday, March 20th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

The Delaware Department of Agriculture announced today that they have hired a new State Apiarist, Meghan McConnell, a native of Millville, NJ. In her position, Meghan will be inspecting bee colonies, conducting surveys for the presence of honey bee parasites, and is responsible for securing samples of suspect colonies to determine suitable measures to control and/or eradicate disease.




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