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Perdue Farms Selling Breeding Program

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Salisbury-based poultry giant Perdue Farms on Tuesday confirmed it is selling its genetics and primary breeder program Heritage Breeders to Cobb Vantress, a global poultry genetics company. More>>




Virginia Corn Crop Expected to Decline in 2014

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Virginia's corn crop is expected to drop 7 percent this year compared to the 2013 crop. More>>

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  • Neighbors of Planned Chicken Houses Find Meeting Frustrating

    Neighbors of Planned Chicken Houses Find Meeting Frustrating

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-07-23 13:10:54 GMT
    The proverbial chicken is already out of the coop. That was the theme of a discussion Tuesday night in Dover about two massive chicken operations planned for southern Kent County and the future of chicken farming in central Delaware.More
    The proverbial chicken is already out of the coop. That was the theme of a discussion Tuesday night in Dover about two massive chicken operations planned for southern Kent County and the future of chicken farming in central Delaware.More
  • USDA Increases Incentives for Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

    USDA Increases Incentives for Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-07-15 15:30:48 GMT
    The USDA has announced an increase in the maximum incentive payments that private landowners can receive for participating in the Delaware Conservation Reserve Enhance Program.More
    The USDA has announced an increase in the maximum incentive payments that private landowners can receive for participating in the Delaware Conservation Reserve Enhance Program.More
  • Delmarva Farmers Struggle With Lack of Rain

    Delmarva Farmers Struggle With Lack of Rain

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 11:52 PM EDT2014-07-02 03:52:24 GMT
    CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Not a cloud in the sky. Not good for Delmarva's farmers. There's normally not very much dust flying out from underneath William Layton's planting machines. He says it's been so dry this past month, that machine can't even do it's job properly."Our planter will get in a little bit, but the wheels are off the ground. The knives are in the ground as deep as they'll go but the wheels won't touch the ground because they can't get in deep enough." said Layton.While Layton is struggl...More
    CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Not a cloud in the sky. Not good for Delmarva's farmers. There's normally not very much dust flying out from underneath William Layton's planting machines. He says it's been so dry this past month, that machine can't even do it's job properly."Our planter will get in a little bit, but the wheels are off the ground. The knives are in the ground as deep as they'll go but the wheels won't touch the ground because they can't get in deep enough." said Layton.While Layton is struggl...More
  • Del. Hog Owners Now Required to Report Deadly Swine Viruses

    Del. Hog Owners Now Required to Report Deadly Swine Viruses

    Friday, June 13 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-06-13 15:28:04 GMT
    Delaware hog owners, veterinarians and laboratories are now required to report suspected cases of two rapidly spreading swine diseases to the state Department of Agriculture. However, officials noted that Delaware has had no cases of either disease reported to date.More
    Delaware hog owners, veterinarians and laboratories are now required to report suspected cases of two rapidly spreading swine diseases to the state Department of Agriculture. However, officials noted that Delaware has had no cases of either disease reported to date.More
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  • Va. Wheat Crop Expected to Top 2013 Production

    Va. wheat crop expected to top 2013 production

    Monday, July 14 2014 10:39 AM EDT2014-07-14 14:39:26 GMT
    This year's wheat crop in Virginia is expected to top last year's crop by 1 percent.More
    This year's wheat crop in Virginia is expected to top last year's crop by 1 percent.More
  • Va. Melon Season Arriving Late But Sweet

    Va. melon season arriving late but sweet

    Friday, July 11 2014 9:32 AM EDT2014-07-11 13:32:21 GMT
    Melon growers in Virginia are reporting a late but sweep crop.More
    Melon growers in Virginia are reporting a late but sweep crop.More
  • Delaware Officials Approve up to $1.3M for Perdue

    Delaware Officials Approve up to $1.3M for Perdue

    A Delaware panel has agreed to provide up to $1.3 million in taxpayer money to poultry producer Perdue Foods for expansion of its processing plant in Milford.More
    A Delaware panel has agreed to provide up to $1.3 million in taxpayer money to poultry producer Perdue Foods for expansion of its processing plant in Milford.More
  • USDA Seeks Partnerships to Protect Soil, Water

    USDA Seeks Partnerships to Protect Soil, Water

    Tuesday, May 27 2014 1:42 PM EDT2014-05-27 17:42:12 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, including the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.More
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is teaming with businesses, nonprofits and others on a five-year, $2.4 billion program that will fund locally designed soil and water conservation projects nationwide, including the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.More
  • Grants Available for Delaware Crop Promotion and Research

    Grants Available for Delaware Crop Promotion and Research

    Wednesday, April 30 2014 12:54 PM EDT2014-04-30 16:54:27 GMT
    More than $336,000 in federal grant funding is now available for projects to help produce, market or access Delaware-grown fruit, vegetables and certain other crops. The Delaware Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through June 9.More
    More than $336,000 in federal grant funding is now available for projects to help produce, market or access Delaware-grown fruit, vegetables and certain other crops. The Delaware Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program through June 9.More
  • Va. Horse Owners Urged to Get Animals Vaccinated

    Va. Horse Owners Urged to Get Animals Vaccinated

    Monday, April 28 2014 8:20 AM EDT2014-04-28 12:20:51 GMT
    Virginia agriculture officials are concerned that horse owners might not have their animals vaccinated because of a lack of disease activity last year.More
    Virginia agriculture officials are concerned that horse owners might not have their animals vaccinated because of a lack of disease activity last year.More
  • Program Offers First State Farmers Loans for Irrigation Systems

    Program Offers First State Farmers Loans for Irrigation Systems

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:43 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:43:16 GMT
    DOVER, Del.- An partnership now in its fourth year offers help to Delaware farmers who want to add new irrigation systems. The Delaware Rural Irrigation Program, or DRIP, offers no-interest loans to install new equipment in partnership with private lending institutions.Eligible farmers must have been actively engaged for at least two years in growing and harvesting of cash crops, such as corn, soybeans, fruit and vegetables, in Delaware, and must own or lease the land to be irrigated.The loan...More
    DOVER, Del.- An partnership now in its fourth year offers help to Delaware farmers who want to add new irrigation systems. The Delaware Rural Irrigation Program, or DRIP, offers no-interest loans to install new equipment in partnership with private lending institutions.Eligible farmers must have been actively engaged for at least two years in growing and harvesting of cash crops, such as corn, soybeans, fruit and vegetables, in Delaware, and must own or lease the land to be irrigated.The loan...More
  • Va. Corn Plantings Expected to be Down Slightly

    Va. Corn Plantings Expected to be Down Slightly

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 9:19 AM EDT2014-04-01 13:19:01 GMT
    Virginia corn producers plan to reduce their plantings slightly this year.More
    Virginia corn producers plan to reduce their plantings slightly this year.More
  • Farm Stand Owners Invited to Free Marketing Workshop

    Farm Stand Owners Invited to Free Marketing Workshop

    Monday, March 10 2014 2:13 PM EDT2014-03-10 18:13:39 GMT
    DOVER, Del.- Delaware farm stand owners are invited to a free marketing workshop next month to learn how to reach more customers and improve profits. "Using the latest marketing techniques can make aMore
    Delaware farm stand owners are invited to a free marketing workshop next month to learn how to reach more customers and improve profits.More
  • Ocean Pines Farmers Market to Extend Hours

    Ocean Pines Farmers Market to Extend Hours

    Wednesday, February 19 2014 10:11 AM EST2014-02-19 15:11:05 GMT
    OCEAN PINES, Md.– The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will extend its operating hours beginning May 3, according to organizers. It will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., a change from its current hours of operationMore
    The Ocean Pines Farmers Market will extend its operating hours beginning May 3, according to organizers.More
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