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Delaware Forestry Association annual meeting is March 22 in Bridgeville; Scholarship applications due by April 1.

Date Posted: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Kent County New Castle County News Sussex County

The Delaware Forestry Association (DFA) will present its 2018 “Tree Farmer of the Year” award on Thursday, March 22, at its annual banquet and meeting at the Bridgeville Fire Hall, 311 Market Street, Bridgeville, Delaware 19933, (302) 337-7272. Tickets are $27 for adults, $13.50 for children ages 6 to 12, and free for children 6 and under. Reservations are kindly requested by March 16.

The Delaware Forestry Association is also offering its annual $1000 scholarship to a student who chooses forestry or a related major at a two-year or four-year accredited college or university. Applications are due by April 1 and the winner will be notified by May 1.




Delaware offers produce safety trainings to help farmers meet FSMA requirement

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Department of Agriculture is offering two one-day courses in March to help farmers growing fruits and vegetables comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. “About 1 in 6 Americans gets sick each year from foodborne illness,” said Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse. “The Food Safety […]




Sales at Delaware farmers’ markets second highest in 2017

Date Posted: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018
Categories:  Department of Agriculture News

Media: Photographs are available for use on Flickr. DOVER, Del. – Delaware celebrated the second highest farmers’ market season with more than $3 million dollars in sales in 2017. Both residents and visitors of the state continue to buy locally because of the fresh, high quality products that Delaware’s farm families grow. “These numbers are […]




2018 Arbor Day School Poster Contest for grades K to 5

Date Posted: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Governor John Carney Kent County New Castle County Office of the Governor Sussex County

The Delaware Forest Service is now accepting entries for its annual Arbor Day Poster Contest for grades K to 5—open to all public, private, and home school students. For the first time, this year’s theme is “Trees are Terrific…and Perfect for Pollinators!” The contest can teach students about the important role of trees in the well-being of both people and pollinators, such as bees.

In Delaware, Arbor Day is designated as the last Friday in April (April 27, 2018). Arbor Day was started in Nebraska in 1872 by J. Sterling Morton as an occasion to both celebrate and encourage the planting of trees. In addition to a chance to win prizes, all students that participate will receive free loblolly pine seedlings, delivered during the last week of April. Teachers must register for the contest by March 15 to reserve free seedlings, and all posters are due March 29, 2018.




Urban Forestry Grant Workshop at DDA on Feb. 13

Date Posted: Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
Categories:  Department of Agriculture Forest Service Kent County New Castle County Sussex County

The Delaware Forest Service will host an “Urban and Community Forestry Grant Workshop” on Tuesday, February 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901, (302) 698-4578. The event is free and open to the public, however, advance registration is required. The Delaware Forest Service’s Kesha Braunskill and The Delaware Center for Horticulture’s Sam Seo will discuss 2018 urban and community grant opportunities available to all municipalities, homeowner associations, and certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit organizations. Each year, the Delaware Forest Service offers up to $40,000 in grants for tree planting, tree care, and tree management projects on publicly owned lands.




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