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  • House Approves Bill That Gives Farmworkers Right to Earn Legal Status

    House Approves Bill That Gives Farmworkers Right to Earn Legal Status

    Thursday, December 12 2019 7:47 AM EST2019-12-12 12:47:42 GMT
    Thursday, December 12 2019 7:55 AM EST2019-12-12 12:55:21 GMT
    After weeks of heavy rain, Delmarva farmers will now receive federal aid.After weeks of heavy rain, Delmarva farmers will now receive federal aid.
    After weeks of heavy rain, Delmarva farmers will now receive federal aid.After weeks of heavy rain, Delmarva farmers will now receive federal aid.
    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would give undocumented farmworkers the right to earn legal status.More
    The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday that would give undocumented farmworkers the right to earn legal status.More
  • Updated: China Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports From the U.S.

    Updated: China Lifts Ban on Poultry Imports From the U.S.

    Thursday, November 14 2019 10:04 AM EST2019-11-14 15:04:51 GMT
    Friday, November 15 2019 7:40 AM EST2019-11-15 12:40:17 GMT
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    China announced Thursday it has lifted its ban on the import of poultry meat from the United States, effective immediately.More
    China announced Thursday it has lifted its ban on the import of poultry meat from the United States, effective immediately.More
  • Maryland Agriculture Issues Quarantine to Contain Lanternfly

    Maryland Agriculture Issues Quarantine to Contain Lanternfly

    Monday, October 28 2019 2:13 PM EDT2019-10-28 18:13:18 GMT
    Monday, October 28 2019 3:25 PM EDT2019-10-28 19:25:19 GMT
    An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)
    An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)
    Maryland's Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine in an attempt to contain the spotted lanternfly in Cecil and Harford counties.More
    Maryland's Department of Agriculture has issued a quarantine in an attempt to contain the spotted lanternfly in Cecil and Harford counties.         More
  • Perdue Farms Presents HALO With $100K and Six-month Supply of Chicken

    Perdue Farms Presents HALO With $100K and Six-month Supply of Chicken

    Thursday, October 10 2019 2:11 PM EDT2019-10-10 18:11:42 GMT
    Thursday, October 10 2019 3:04 PM EDT2019-10-10 19:04:08 GMT
    Perdue Farms' representatives on Thursday presented HALO's Center of Hope with a $100,000 check, along with a six month supply of chicken.More
    Perdue Farms' representatives on Thursday presented HALO's Center of Hope with a $100,000 check, along with a six month supply of chicken. More
  • Mobile Agriculture Lab to Travel to Every School in Delaware

    Mobile Agriculture Lab to Travel to Every School in Delaware

    Tuesday, September 10 2019 3:18 PM EDT2019-09-10 19:18:11 GMT
    Tuesday, September 10 2019 3:47 PM EDT2019-09-10 19:47:07 GMT
    Mobile Agriculture LabMobile Agriculture Lab
    Mobile Agriculture LabMobile Agriculture Lab
    The Delaware Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Lab is now booking school visits for the 2019-2020 school year.More
    The Delaware Farm Bureau's Mobile Agriculture Lab is now booking school visits for the 2019-2020 school year. More
  • Mountaire Farms Wins Top Safety Awards at 7 Facilities

    Mountaire Farms Wins Top Safety Awards at 7 Facilities

    Wednesday, August 28 2019 1:10 PM EDT2019-08-28 17:10:34 GMT
    Wednesday, August 28 2019 1:20 PM EDT2019-08-28 17:20:26 GMT
    Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, was recognized with national awards this month for their outstanding safety record at seven of their facilities by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.More
    Mountaire Farms, the nation’s sixth largest chicken producer, was recognized with national awards this month for their outstanding safety record at seven of their facilities by the Joint Industry Safety and Health Council.More
  • Honoring Delmarva Farmers 2019: The Addis Family

    Honoring Delmarva Farmers 2019: The Addis Family

    Nestled in ripening fields of corn, grows something truly rare: a first-generation farm family.

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    Nestled in ripening fields of corn, grows something truly rare: a first-generation farm family.

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  • Nearly $400K Grant Announced for Salmon Aquaculture in Cambridge

    Nearly $400K Grant Announced for Salmon Aquaculture in Cambridge

    Thursday, August 15 2019 7:22 PM EDT2019-08-15 23:22:13 GMT
    Friday, August 16 2019 7:18 AM EDT2019-08-16 11:18:22 GMT
    U.S. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) announced Thursday a grant award of nearly $400,000 for established or planned U.S. closed-containment Atlantic salmon aquaculture in Cambridge.More
    U.S. Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) announced Thursday a grant award of nearly $400,000 for established or planned U.S. closed-containment Atlantic salmon aquaculture in Cambridge.More
  • Honoring Delmarva Farmers 2019: The Harris Family

    Honoring Delmarva Farmers 2019: The Harris Family

    There is no dividing line between the Harris Family and the Harris Farm, or between this family or those who came before. You could say Harris is more than a name you see on produce stands and in farmer's markets, it's a legacy passed down from hand to hand across the generations.

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    There is no dividing line between the Harris Family and the Harris Farm, or between this family or those who came before. You could say Harris is more than a name you see on produce stands and in farmer's markets, it's a legacy passed down from hand to hand across the generations.

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  • Honoring Delmarva Farmers 2019: The Vanderwende Family

    Honoring Delmarva Farmers 2019: The Vanderwende Family

    The Vanderwende family is a hard-working clan, so they take time for fun whenever they can. In 30 years, their Little Wagon produce stand has grown from one wagon to a must-stop on Route 404, between the Bay Bridge and the Atlantic shore.

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    The Vanderwende family is a hard-working clan, so they take time for fun whenever they can. In 30 years, their Little Wagon produce stand has grown from one wagon to a must-stop on Route 404, between the Bay Bridge and the Atlantic shore.

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  • Farmers, First Responders Warn of Traffic Dangers Involving Farm Vehicles

    Farmers, First Responders Warn of Traffic Dangers Involving Farm Vehicles

    Tuesday, July 30 2019 5:32 PM EDT2019-07-30 21:32:01 GMT
    Wednesday, July 31 2019 7:30 AM EDT2019-07-31 11:30:10 GMT
    Slow down drivers! Harvesting season is on its way to Delmarva...More
    Slow down drivers! Harvesting season is on its way to Delmarva...More
  • Honoring Delmarva Farmers: Andy Jones

    Honoring Delmarva Farmers: Andy Jones

    You can find the farm of the future on Facebook, and at the historic Lewes Farmer's Market. With natural meat and eggs produced responsibly by a young farmer named Andy Jones.

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    You can find the farm of the future on Facebook, and at the historic Lewes Farmer's Market. With natural meat and eggs produced responsibly by a young farmer named Andy Jones.

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  • Honoring Delmarva Farmers: Taylor's Produce Stands

    Honoring Delmarva Farmers: Taylor's Produce Stands

    Taylor's Produce Stands in Caroline, Talbot and Sussex Counties are noted for quality, unique architecture and outstanding employees.

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    Taylor's Produce Stands in Caroline, Talbot and Sussex Counties are noted for quality, unique architecture and outstanding employees.

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  • Honoring Delmarva Farmers: Robert Fitzgerald

    Honoring Delmarva Farmers: Robert Fitzgerald

    Few people know Somerset County as well as Robert Fitzgerald. His farm in Oriole has been in the family since the reign of King George. And Somerset knows few people like it knows Robert Fitzgerald.

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    Few people know Somerset County as well as Robert Fitzgerald. His farm in Oriole has been in the family since the reign of King George. And Somerset knows few people like it knows Robert Fitzgerald.

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  • Delmarva's Poultry Industry: Doing More With Less

    Delmarva's Poultry Industry: Doing More With Less

    Thursday, July 4 2019 6:53 PM EDT2019-07-04 22:53:11 GMT
    Friday, July 5 2019 7:02 AM EDT2019-07-05 11:02:49 GMT
    Chicken in local poultry house. (Photo: WBOC)Chicken in local poultry house. (Photo: WBOC)
    Chicken in local poultry house. (Photo: WBOC)Chicken in local poultry house. (Photo: WBOC)
    It's a $3.4 billion industry.  Production and demand for chicken continues, but yet there are less people growing them on the Eastern Shore.More
    It's a $3.4 billion industry.  Production and demand for chicken continues, but yet there are less people growing them on the Eastern Shore. More
  • Updated: US Government Investigating Poultry Price-fixing Claims

    Updated: US Government Investigating Poultry Price-fixing Claims

    Tuesday, June 25 2019 3:02 PM EDT2019-06-25 19:02:27 GMT
    Tuesday, June 25 2019 3:54 PM EDT2019-06-25 19:54:10 GMT
    The U.S. government is investigating price-fixing charges against the country's biggest poultry companies.More
    The U.S. government is investigating price-fixing charges against the country's biggest poultry companies.           More
  • Maryland Farm Bureau Names New Executive Director

    Maryland Farm Bureau Names New Executive Director

    Thursday, June 6 2019 8:24 AM EDT2019-06-06 12:24:23 GMT
    Thursday, June 6 2019 8:43 AM EDT2019-06-06 12:43:33 GMT
    John Torres (Photo: Maryland Farm Bureau)John Torres (Photo: Maryland Farm Bureau)
    John Torres (Photo: Maryland Farm Bureau)John Torres (Photo: Maryland Farm Bureau)
    The Maryland Farm Bureau Board of Directors on Thursday announced the appointment of John Torres as the organization’s new executive director, effective mid-July 2019.More
    The Maryland Farm Bureau Board of Directors on Thursday announced the appointment of John Torres as the organization’s new executive director, effective mid-July 2019.More
  • Red Imported Fire Ants Detected in Tropical Nursery Stock in Sussex County

    Red Imported Fire Ants Detected in Tropical Nursery Stock in Sussex County

    Wednesday, May 29 2019 7:39 PM EDT2019-05-29 23:39:17 GMT
    Thursday, May 30 2019 7:35 AM EDT2019-05-30 11:35:35 GMT
    (Photo: USDA)(Photo: USDA)
    (Photo: USDA)(Photo: USDA)
    The Delaware Department of Agriculture is alerting local businesses and purchasers of tropical nursery stock of the recent detection of fire ants in a shipment of palm trees imported from Florida.More
    The Delaware Department of Agriculture is alerting local businesses and purchasers of tropical nursery stock of the recent detection of fire ants in a shipment of palm trees imported from Florida.More
  • Maryland Set to Start Spraying for Mosquitoes

    Maryland Set to Start Spraying for Mosquitoes

    Wednesday, May 29 2019 1:36 PM EDT2019-05-29 17:36:34 GMT
    Wednesday, May 29 2019 1:56 PM EDT2019-05-29 17:56:15 GMT
    A sentinel chicken in Delaware has tested positive for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, state environmental officials announcedA sentinel chicken in Delaware has tested positive for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, state environmental officials announced
    A sentinel chicken in Delaware has tested positive for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, state environmental officials announcedA sentinel chicken in Delaware has tested positive for the mosquito-borne West Nile virus, state environmental officials announced
    As mosquito season gets underway, the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s mosquito control program will be active in communities throughout the state conducting surveillance and control measures to manage mosquito populations.More
    As mosquito season gets underway, the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s mosquito control program will be active in communities throughout the state conducting surveillance and control measures to manage mosquito populations.More
  • Delmarva Farmers Hope for a Better Season After Tough 2018

    Delmarva Farmers Hope for a Better Season After Tough 2018

    Wednesday, March 20 2019 5:37 PM EDT2019-03-20 21:37:17 GMT
    Thursday, March 21 2019 7:20 AM EDT2019-03-21 11:20:34 GMT
    It's the start of a new season and that means farmers across Delmarva are already gearing up for new crops. But, the lingering effects of a wet winter has some of them worried.More
    It's the start of a new season and that means farmers across Delmarva are already gearing up for new crops. But, the lingering effects of a wet winter has some of them worried.More
  • Palmer Amaranth, a Weed Threatening Farmers

    Palmer Amaranth, a Weed Threatening Farmers

    Tuesday, March 5 2019 4:56 PM EST2019-03-05 21:56:50 GMT
    Wednesday, March 6 2019 7:43 AM EST2019-03-06 12:43:00 GMT
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md-There's a growing problem around the country, and here on Delmarva, and it is a weed called Palmer Amaranth. This weed is fairly new for some farmers, and one of the most difficult to get rid of. Farmers say it is an aggressive type of wMore
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md-There's a growing problem around the country, and here on Delmarva, and it is a weed called Palmer Amaranth. This weed is fairly new for some farmers, and one of the most difficult to get rid of. Farmers say it is an aggressive type of wMore
  • Salisbury University Launches Hemp Pilot Program

    Salisbury University Launches Hemp Pilot Program

    Sunday, March 3 2019 7:26 AM EST2019-03-03 12:26:11 GMT
    Monday, March 4 2019 7:26 AM EST2019-03-04 12:26:59 GMT
    Students at Salisbury University will soon have their hand in Maryland's newest plant, hemp. The newly legalized plant has still not formed its roots yet in Maryland, but now biology students will pair with local farmers to help grow hemp this summer.More
    Students at Salisbury University will soon have their hand in Maryland's newest plant, hemp. The newly legalized plant has still not formed its roots yet in Maryland, but now biology students will pair with local farmers to help grow hemp this summer. More
  • Salisbury University Signs Agreements for Md. Hemp Pilot Program

    Salisbury University Signs Agreements for Md. Hemp Pilot Program

    Tuesday, February 26 2019 10:57 AM EST2019-02-26 15:57:23 GMT
    Tuesday, February 26 2019 10:57 AM EST2019-02-26 15:57:23 GMT
    (Photo: MGN Online)(Photo: MGN Online)
    (Photo: MGN Online)(Photo: MGN Online)
    An agricultural probiotic developed at Salisbury University to enhance the growth of soybeans, peanuts, corn and other crops will soon be tested on a new resource: hemp.More
    An agricultural probiotic developed at Salisbury University to enhance the growth of soybeans, peanuts, corn and other crops will soon be tested on a new resource: hemp.More
  • Iconic Delaware Farm Has Plans to Reopen

    Iconic Delaware Farm Has Plans to Reopen

    Thursday, February 21 2019 9:20 PM EST2019-02-22 02:20:11 GMT
    Friday, February 22 2019 7:55 AM EST2019-02-22 12:55:25 GMT
    An iconic Delaware farm, popular with many on Delmarva, is making plans to reopen after a costly fire.More
    An iconic Delaware farm, popular with many on Delmarva, is making plans to reopen after a costly fire.More
  • Maryland to Monitor Air Quality Near Poultry Houses

    Maryland to Monitor Air Quality Near Poultry Houses

    Tuesday, January 29 2019 2:26 PM EST2019-01-29 19:26:52 GMT
    Tuesday, January 29 2019 3:00 PM EST2019-01-29 20:00:49 GMT
    Maryland will sample air on the lower Eastern Shore to examine the potential effects of large poultry houses on air quality.More
    Maryland will sample air on the lower Eastern Shore to examine the potential effects of large poultry houses on air quality. More
  • Industrial Hemp Farming Now Legal in Delaware

    Industrial Hemp Farming Now Legal in Delaware

    Industrial hemp could soon be grown on farms in the First State. The Delaware Industrial Hemp Farming Bill, signed by Gov. John Carney in August, classifies hemp as a grain. It allowed farmers to grow the crop once the farm bill was passed by the federal government. President Trump signed it into law before Christmas. It's not known how many farmers will choose to grow the crop or if it will thrive in Delaware's conditions. 


        

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    Industrial hemp could soon be grown on farms in the First State. The Delaware Industrial Hemp Farming Bill, signed by Gov. John Carney in August, classifies hemp as a grain. It allowed farmers to grow the crop once the farm bill was passed by the federal government. President Trump signed it into law before Christmas. It's not known how many farmers will choose to grow the crop or if it will thrive in Delaware's conditions. 


        

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  • Wicomico County Poultry Flock Cleared of Avian Influenza

    Wicomico County Poultry Flock Cleared of Avian Influenza

    Thursday, December 27 2018 10:10 AM EST2018-12-27 15:10:58 GMT
    Thursday, December 27 2018 11:51 AM EST2018-12-27 16:51:06 GMT
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    Following inconclusive screening results earlier this month, increased surveillance and further testing have cleared a Wicomico County commercial flock of chickens of avian influenza, the Maryland Department of Agriculture announced Thursday.More
    Following inconclusive screening results earlier this month, increased surveillance and further testing have cleared a Wicomico County commercial flock of chickens of avian influenza, the Maryland Department of Agriculture announced Thursday. More
  • Congress Approves $400 Billion for Farmers, Forests, poor

    Congress Approves $400 Billion for Farmers, Forests, poor

    Friday, December 14 2018 10:27 AM EST2018-12-14 15:27:38 GMT
    Friday, December 14 2018 10:27 AM EST2018-12-14 15:27:38 GMT
    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, speaks about the farm bill during a news conference in Washington. (Photo: AP)House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, speaks about the farm bill during a news conference in Washington. (Photo: AP)
    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, speaks about the farm bill during a news conference in Washington. (Photo: AP)House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, speaks about the farm bill during a news conference in Washington. (Photo: AP)
    Congress has passed a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.More
    Congress has passed a massive farm bill that will provide more than $400 billion for agriculture subsidies, conservation programs and food aid.More
  • Christmas Tree Shortages For Some Farmers on Delmarva

    Christmas Tree Shortages For Some Farmers on Delmarva

    Thursday, November 29 2018 7:49 PM EST2018-11-30 00:49:27 GMT
    Friday, November 30 2018 7:54 AM EST2018-11-30 12:54:02 GMT
    According to some Delmarva tree farmers, their Christmas tree numbers are slimmer than usual due to the heavy rains seen earlier this year.More
    According to some Delmarva tree farmers, their Christmas tree numbers are slimmer than usual due to the heavy rains seen earlier this year.More
  • Agriculture Grants Will Promote Specialty Crops in Virginia

    Agriculture Grants Will Promote Specialty Crops in Virginia

    Tuesday, October 30 2018 3:21 AM EDT2018-10-30 07:21:45 GMT
    Tuesday, October 30 2018 8:24 AM EDT2018-10-30 12:24:42 GMT
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $500,000 in grant funding to promote specialty crops and increase economic development in Virginia.More
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $500,000 in grant funding to promote specialty crops and increase economic development in Virginia.More
  • Concerns Rise as Crop-destroying Insect is Spotted in Maryland

    Concerns Rise as Crop-destroying Insect is Spotted in Maryland

    Friday, October 26 2018 9:20 AM EDT2018-10-26 13:20:57 GMT
    Friday, October 26 2018 9:20 AM EDT2018-10-26 13:20:57 GMT
    An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)
    An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)An example of a spotted lanternfly (Photo: USDA.gov)
    Concerns are rising that a crop-destroying invasive insect could soon establish itself in Maryland.More
    Concerns are rising that a crop-destroying invasive insect could soon establish itself in Maryland.More
  • Weather Impacts Local Farmers

    Weather Impacts Local Farmers

    Monday, October 22 2018 10:49 PM EDT2018-10-23 02:49:46 GMT
    Tuesday, October 23 2018 7:33 AM EDT2018-10-23 11:33:24 GMT
    After weeks of downpour, farmers may now receive financial assistance.After weeks of downpour, farmers may now receive financial assistance.
    After weeks of downpour, farmers may now receive financial assistance.After weeks of downpour, farmers may now receive financial assistance.
    We've experienced some wet weather this season and while you may think that's good for farm land...it's not. Many Delmarva farmers say the rain has actually been too much for their crops.More
    We've experienced some wet weather this season and while you may think that's good for farm land...it's not. Many Delmarva farmers say the rain has actually been too much for their crops. More
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