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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.




Supporting Delaware growers to meet third party food safety trends

Date Posted: Thursday, August 10th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

Delaware fruit and vegetable growers can now receive financial support in obtaining a third party audit to verify they are following effective food safety practices. The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) is extending its Food Safety Audit Cost-Share Program for growers to include any third party food safety audit, not just USDA Harmonized GAP audits.




75 schools to participate in fresh fruit, vegetable program

Date Posted: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Education News

In the 2017-18 school year, 75 elementary schools in Delaware will receive funding to participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Schools were awarded funding through a competitive application process.




Collaboration leads to largest round of Delaware farmland preservation in several years

Date Posted: Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Categories:  Department of Agriculture

“I am proud to announce the largest round of Delaware farmland permanently preserved through the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Program in the last several years. This is a result of federal funding from the Natural Resources Conservation Service and funding from both New Castle County and Kent County,” said Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse. More than 124,000 acres of Delaware farmland are now permanently preserved for future generations, with 3,039 acres of easements selected into the state’s preservation program.




Governor’s 2017 Agricultural and Urban Conservation Award winners honored

Date Posted: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
Categories:  Division of Watershed Stewardship DNREC Governor John Carney Office of the Governor

Governor Carney, along with DNREC Secretary Garvin and officials with the Delaware Association of Conservation Districts and the USDA, led a ceremony recognizing this year’s Governor’s Agricultural and Urban Conservation Awards honorees and signed a proclamation officially designating April 30-May 7 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week in Delaware.





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