Category: Department of Agriculture

Investment in young farmers strengthens Delaware’s economic future

Date Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

Delaware farmers, between 18 and 40 years old have the opportunity to apply for the Young Farmers Loan Program through November 30, 2017. The program provides long-term, no-interest loans to help eligible farmers purchase land, reducing the financial impact on farmers just starting out or looking to expand.

7th Annual Arborist and Tree Care Seminar on Oct. 30 and 31 at State Fairgrounds in Harrington

Date Posted: Monday, October 9th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Department of Labor Forest Service Kent County New Castle County News Sussex County

The Delaware Forest Service’s urban and community forestry program will hold its 7th Annual Delaware Arborist and Tree Care Seminar—a one and a half-day event on October 30 and 31, 2017 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall. Speakers include tree care experts, policymakers, and academic researchers who will incorporate classroom lectures, outdoor demonstrations, and vendor exhibits to cover tree pest and disease issues, tree care management, and best practices in worker safety and pesticide use.

Attendees can earn continuing education credits toward International Society of Arboriculture and Maryland Licensed Tree Expert certifications, as well as Delaware pesticide credits. Cost is $95 for both days (meals and snacks included). To register, go to For more information, email

Got what it takes to fight wildfires? Delaware Forest Service seeks new trainees

Date Posted: Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service News

The Delaware Forest Service is seeking new recruits for its upcoming wildfire training classes at the Delaware State Fire School (1461 Chestnut Grove Road, Dover, DE 19904). No previous experience is needed. Candidates should be over 18, physically fit, motivated to learn, and willing to travel for at least two weeks (usually during the summer) for out-of-state fire assignments. This year’s training will take place over two separate weekend sessions: The first is on October 21 and 22 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day (lunch included). The second is on November 4 and 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day (lunch included). The cost for each session is $50. Register by October 16 by contacting the State Fire School at (302) 739-4773 or email:

USDA seeks feedback from Delaware farmers on 2017 small grains production

Date Posted: Friday, September 8th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse is reminding farmers to complete the small grain production survey that has been sent out to nearly 300 producers by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2017 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye. 

Whether one hive or one hundred, it’s important to register your bee hive

Date Posted: Thursday, September 7th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

Healthy Bees are essential to Delaware’s vegetable production and agricultural economy. Delaware’s beekeeping laws aim to reduce the impact of stressors through specific requirements of all beekeepers in the state, such as hive registration, colony and equipment inspection for sale, trade or gifting of bees.



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