DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new census of American agriculture shows that the number of farms in Delaware has declined over the past five years, while the value of crops and livestock they produce has increased.
A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the number of farms in Delaware declined from 2,546 in 2007 to 2,457 in 2012.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is saying goodbye to one of its less popular majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
WBEL-AM reports that the school is eliminating it agricultural education major.
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Mark Rieger says the major enrolls 11 students or about 1.5 percent of the student body. All students currently enrolled in the major will be able to get their degrees.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A survey of Virginia growers forecasts increased acres devoted to soybeans, tobacco, barley and wheat, while cotton and peanut plantings are down.
The survey of Virginia producers was conducted in early June by the National Agriculture Statistics Services. Plantings for three signature crops - tobacco, peanuts and cotton - offer a mixed bag. Tobacco plantings are up 9 percent, while cotton declined 19 percent and peanuts 30 percent.
Nearly 1.3 million acres are devoted to hay, a decrease of less than 1 percent.
Senator Barbara Mikulski hailed the Senate passage of the farm bill declaring the measure would bolster Maryland’s $2 billion agricultural industry.
The Maryland Democrat said the legislation would provide a stronger safety net for dairy producers with a market stabilization program, while increasing agricultural block grants from $55 million to $70 million a year.
Maryland’s senior Senator also said that the Farm Bill made crucial reform to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that without reducing benefits or removing anyone from its rolls.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland agriculture and environmental officials are opposing a bill to prohibit additional bay restoration regulations on farmers until other states in the watershed catch up to their pollution reductions.