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Delaware Farmers Must Follow Over 120 Regulations

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SUSSEX COUNTY, Del.- A new study of farm regulations by the Delaware Soybean Board has revealed that farmers in the First State are required to follow more than 120 regulations to operate their businesses. 

When asked about his knowledge of these regulations, Milton area farmer Phillip Dukes, said, "I know of some regulations that we have to abide by and comply with in order to run our business, but the break down of them and how to put them into practice is very vague."

Chairman of the DSB, Jay Baxter, is a farmer himself. He saw a need for educating the farming community on these regulations but even so, he has his own opinion about these rules.

"Unnecessary, sometimes yes, is it good the public? maybe. It's something we've learned to accept but we do understand that more regulations is more of a hassle for us," he said.

The biggest problem farmers have with these regulations is they tend to contradict with one another.

Farmers understand that its a problem and solution lies in better communication.

" If there wasn't such a big gap between the farmers and the people trying to enforce these regulations, that would be a very big help.

Michael Scuse, Delaware's secretary of agriculture, says the regulations are in place to protect the agriculture industry and are not meant to be a burden to farmers.

The DSB hopes farmers will use their research so that they can successfully comply with all of the regulations.

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