The Delaware Department of Agriculture is urging all poultry owners, including commercial producers and backyard flock owners, to take precautions to protect their flocks from disease after a commercial broiler flock in Caroline County, Maryland, was preliminarily confirmed to have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). Further confirmation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory is pending.
Delaware FFA members from across the state brought home national awards from The Big E in Springfield, MA, last month.
Over 400 Delaware FFA members from across the state convened at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in July to participate in the Delaware State Fair. During the state fair, both high school and middle school members competed in career and leadership development events, exhibited livestock, assisted at various supporter food booths, in conjunction with the Delaware 4-H donated over 875 lbs. of produce to the Food Bank of Delaware, and were recognized for their efforts throughout the past year during the Annual Delaware FFA Fair Breakfast, sponsored by East Coast Seeds. High school members competed in 15 Career Development Events and middle school members competed in 12 Career Development events. See the top 10 individual results and top five team results.
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael T. Scuse presented Katherine “Kitty” Holtz with the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service to Agriculture during the State Fair Awards presentation on Governor’s Day for her contributions.
Lyla Jones, a second-grader from Brandywine Springs Elementary School in Wilmington, is the overall winner of the Delaware Forest Service’s annual Arbor Day School Poster Contest. This year’s competition attracted almost 7,600 entries from more than 70 schools. The theme – “Trees Are Terrific…In All Shapes and Sizes!” – highlights how a diverse community forest is a healthier forest that attracts a variety of wildlife and is more visually stimulating.