Delaware Farm Bureau News May/June 2024

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Local Farmers Feeding Your Family

Milk Run to raise funds for Delaware-based charities

Farmers have been helping children in New Castle County get milk through the Ministry of Caring’s Milk for Children Fund for more than ten years, according to NCC Farm Bureau President Stewart Ramsey.

The Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation’s 11th annual Milk Walk/Run 5k, scheduled this year for Saturday, May 18 at Ramsey’s Farm in Wilmington, not only raises funds for the Milk for Children Fund, but also the Foundation and the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program.

“We take time to give back. It’s important to us as a family and the Farm Bureau and I’m glad to see the next generation is starting to take hold of that,” Ramsey said.

Registration is $25 per participant through May 10 and $30 each after that date or the day of the event beginning at 8 a.m. The race will kick off at 9 a.m.

Participants will find their way

around the scenic Ramsey's Farm located at 440 Ramsey Road in Wilmington before celebrating their accomplishments with fellow racers at the finish line.

“We always wanted to have the Milk Run at a farm, but sometimes doing races at farms is difficult because of the logistics with road crossings and such. Having it at Ramsey’s Farm gets it back on the farm. We host these kinds of events throughout the year. We’ve done mountain bike races and several 5k races over the last ten years, so we’re well-suited for this kind of event,” he said.

The Ramseys grow wagyu beef and produce which are both sold at the farm’s produce stand. The family-run business also frequently features agritourism activities on the farm, such as field trips, floral arrangement classes, goat yoga and fall fun including a corn maze and u-pick pumpkin patch.

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Runners stick together underneath a bridge at Ramsey's Farm in the 10th Annual Milk Run last year.

From the President’s desk

Eventful and prosperous summer on the horizon for DEFB

With the rain delay on planting, Delaware Farm Bureau (DEFB) has had ample time to get to work planning events and advocating for you.

You will find in this issue that we have accomplished a lot in the months of March and April. At the Delaware FFA Convention in March, we awarded 99 FFA blue jackets to deserving agricultural students. If you attended the ceremony, you would’ve seen me try to fit into my state officer jacket from the 70’s, giving the audience a good laugh.

Our Promotion & Education Committee hosted their 7th Annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference in March and it was a huge success! We even had attendance from other states at our Ag Safety Conference (Virginia and New Jersey), in March, after being recognized at a national level. We may be a small state, but we made a big splash at the past AFBF Convention and people are taking notice of DEFB. Recently, I have attended many meetings discussing the impact of

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the Avian Influenza (AI) outbreak on dairy cattle. As of now it does not pose a major risk to the dairy industry or human health, but I will continue to monitor this issue.

I also attended a Nationwide Board Council meeting in Columbus, OH from April 2 – 4. I met with 8 other Farm Bureau presidents and discussed many topics that affect farmers. I am looking forward to attending the Nationwide Sponsor Leader Conference in Charlotte, NC in June.

Don Clifton, DEFB Executive Director, has been busy in legislative hall fighting for Delaware farmers. We are seeing great significant results from the combination of his presence and our county legislative breakfasts. You can find a description of some of the lobbying work being accomplished on page 6.

We have some great events coming up in May! The DEFB Foundation will be hosting their 11th Annual Milk Run 5K on May 18th at Ramsey’s Farm, to raise funds for the Foundation, Food Bank of Delaware’s backpack program, and the Ministry of Caring’s Milk for Children Fund.

The Young Farmers & Ranchers, fresh off their trip to the national conference in Omaha, NE are working on their 14th Annual Strawberry Festival, scheduled for May 25th at Bobola Farms & Florist in Dover. If you haven’t been and tried the strawberry shortcake, I highly recommend it. They have

also started planning for their 30th year of the Antique Tractor Pull, held at the Delaware State Fair (DSF) in July.

DEFB is very busy and active at the fair with events, booths, and networking. DSF is a great place to meet new people and catch up with those you haven’t seen in a while, making it the optimal place to spread the word on what we do. Make sure to come see us at our booth in the Delaware Agriculture Building and grab some food from our iconic Food Booth next to the Grandstand.

This will be the 70th year that the Women’s Committee has run the DEFB Food Booth at DSF the DE State Fair, the major fundraiser for their scholarships. It takes a tremendous amount of work to run the booth! The women of DEFB put in a lot of hours throughout the week, but they can’t do it alone. They are so thankful for the help they receive from FFA chapters, 4H clubs, and other organizations, however more help is needed if we want this tradition to continue. If you are interested in volunteering, reach out to the DEFB office at (302) 697-3183.

State Board of Directors


William “Bill” Powers, Jr.

1st Vice President

Steve Breeding

2nd Vice President

Paul Cartanza, Sr

County Presidents

Kent: James Minner

Sussex: Steve Breeding

New Castle: Stewart Ramsey

Young Farmers & Ranchers

State Chair: Mollie Lynch

Kent Chair: Michael Lynch

Sussex Chair: Connor Vincent

New Castle Chair: Alex Keenan

Women’s Committee

State Chair: Mary B Gooden

Kent Chair: Rebecca Bobola

Sussex Chair: Constance Fox

Events like this help bring the farming community together. It’s important to take time to enjoy each other’s company and make lasting connections. I hope to see you at some of these events and encourage you to bring a friend to DEFB! 2023-2024

New Castle Chair: June Unruh

Kent County Directors

Bruce Dempsey

Ted Bobola Jr.

John Comegys

Sussex County Directors

Alan Bailey

Laura Brittingham

Cory Atkins

New Castle County Directors

Bruce Patrick

Dave Daniels

Ryan Greer

Jaiden Cain at (302) 697-3183 or for more information!

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Hopefully this message finds you and your family well. We made it through another wet and rainy April, which caused some delay in farmers’ field work. It appears to be the recurring theme for this crop year. But it did not stop us determined farmers from getting in our fields and getting our hands and equipment dirty.

The rain has also had no effect on the work we are doing at Delaware Farm Bureau for our county and state. The Delaware Farm Bureau

Promotion and Education Committee hosted their 7th Annual Ag Safety Conference in March where they offered me the opportunity to speak on the importance of effective lighting on farming equipment. During this presentation, I discussed the types of lighting that is allowed per Delaware Code, Title 21, Chapter 43, Subchapter II – Lights, Subsection 4348 – Additional Lighting Equipment, which is effective until January 1st, 2025. One of my many passions is ensuring that farmers are visible while traveling on the roads to keep themselves and the other drivers on the road safe.

On the legislative front, we engaged with Legislators on various bills to ensure the best outcomes for our members. In March, each county Farm Bureau held a Legislative

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Breakfast for State and County government leaders and farm families. Good discussions were faciliatated on current bills and intiatives that affect the farming community. These events help ensure that our concerns are heard and considered in legislation.

We have also started working on reviewing and updating the Delaware Farm Bureau By-Laws and Policies to reflect current farming practices. If you are aware of areas for improvement, please inform any county president, and we will bring them to the committee’s attention.

Outside of Farm Bureau, I highly encourage you to participate in the Delaware Grain Marketing Club, which is organized by the Delaware Cooperative Extension.

Growing Role in Agriculture

Many times, while standing on the very land my father and grandfather cultivated, I reflect on how things have changed. From the adoption of new sustainability practices to our approach to livestock management, our farming methods have evolved significantly. Gone are the days of relying on a walkie-talkie at our hip and a small notebook and pencil tucked into our front pockets. Don't get me wrong – those tools were powerful in their day. But now we have so much technology at our fingertips and at the wheel of our machinery.

Today, new technologies, innovations and sustainability practices are emerging and reshaping the future of agriculture. Now with the integration of Artificial Intelligence the possibilities seem endless. Farmers get a front row seat to the latest innovations as we have the opportunity to embrace these new frontiers in agriculture.

Last week, I had the opportunity to travel to Houston, Texas, for Commodity Classic, to meet with fellow farmers and step into the future of agriculture. Commodity Classic is renowned for providing unparalleled insight and access to the latest advancements in ag-

riculture. And from the moment I stepped onto that trade show floor, I was surrounded by an atmosphere buzzing with excitement and possibilities. A great example of where new frontiers begin in farming with groundbreaking technologies and research.

From drones and robots to new data intake and analysis programs, there was much about the future to be captivated by, especially when it came to this new central theme of Artificial Intelligence. For example, I was able to see how farmers are now able to better analyze crop yield and soil health by having easy access to the soil sampling of their county or having that technology to do it themselves; data that used to involve numerous players and take weeks to gather, now being done almost instantly. This was also the case with new AI-powered crop management software. Farmers can now use platforms remotely to monitor crop health in real-time, able to detect early signs of disease, pests and nutrient deficiencies. Lastly, I had the chance to step into the advancement of machinery by seeing how new equipment uses AI algorithms to autonomously navigate numerous tasks on the farm such

This group meets quarterly, recently meeting on April 17th, 2024 at the University of Delaware Paradee Center. Given the uncertainties in crop pricing this year, attending each session will help you make informed marketing decisions confidently. Be sure to keep an eye out for details regarding their third quarterly meeting. In closing, I'm committed to serving you as your county president. Kent County Farm Bureau has seen significant membership growth recently, with membership becoming a top priority. I believe reaching out to our communities is the key to furthering our growth. Often, a simple question like "Are you a Farm Bureau member?" can lead to new members and new friendships.

as planting, weeding and spraying.

To be honest, I’m not even sure I can fully explain everything I saw and how it works. It was a mix of excitement and uncertainty of the unknown – but there are plenty of things to learn about as we find ways to continue our efforts to make better decisions for our farms. It was also evident that, across the board, AI is not merely a trend in agriculture but a transformative element shaping the future of American agriculture.

For Farm Bureau, we embrace this new frontier through the lens of our policy, set by our grassroots members at our annual convention in January. I’ll call it a cautious approach. Farmers and ranchers see the potential of AI in enhancing productivity and sustainability on the farm, but we recognize the importance of ensuring that AI technologies are deployed ethically and responsibly, safeguarding the interests of farmers and ranchers.

The new AI policy constitutes a commitment to responsible innovation. We as an organization advocate for clear guidelines for the use of AI in agriculture with a focus on transparency, accountability and fairness. From promoting transparency and safety standards

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall

to advocating for equitable access and liability frameworks, we want to chart a course that helps farmers embrace new opportunities while protecting their data and livelihoods.

AI is increasingly being woven into the latest technology and farm equipment, offering farmers unprecedented insight and efficiency. However, as AI’s integration grows, so too does the need for thoughtful policy to govern its use. The journey ahead in agriculture will be filled with many exciting innovations as we strive to meet the challenges of feeding a rapidly growing population. We embrace this new frontier with appropriate caution, always looking before we leap, to ensure we also maintain the vibrancy of our farms, ranches and rural communities.

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Young Farmers reflect on national conference

Younger farmers from Delaware traveled to Omaha, NE in March to meet with others from across the country and share their love of agriculture.

The role of the Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference, hosted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), “. . .is to surface, grow and develop young Farm Bureau members and provide them opportunities and experiences to strengthen their leadership and ensure effective Farm Bureaus,” according to AFBF.

Sixteen YF&R Committee members from the First State attended the conference this year, bringing home new skills and insight to utilize on their own farms and advocacy efforts.

“This conference is especially important because we learn things about agriculture from different parts of the country and bring it back to Delaware to use within our own farms and community,” Houston resident and Statewide YF&R Chair Mollie Lynch said.

Lynch attended the conference with her husband, Kent County YF&R Chair Michael Lynch, and their baby daughter Eleanor. Other conference goers from the Delaware YF&R Committee included Abel Elwell of Middletown, Casey Collier and Jordan Betts of Milton, Adam Collier of Harrington, Will and Ariel Powers of Townsend, Na-

than Thompson of Hartly, JT Robbins of Harrington, Paul William Saathoff of Denton, Connor Vincent of Laurel, Hannah O'Hara of Milford, Alex and Kourtney Keenan of Smyrna, and AJ Alexander of Felton. Each attendee had the opportunity to sit in on a variety of sessions throughout the four-day-long conference. They were also able to participate in farm tours and visit nearby area farms and engage in sightseeing activities. Lynch said her biggest takeaway from the conference, though, came from a speech given by AFBF President Zippy DuVall.

“He gave a speech about being involved in your county more so than anything because that’s where your community is at and that’s who you directly affect. That was very powerful to me,” she said. “We want to reach them more via direct marketing and getting food directly to the consumer, but we also want to educate the community on where their food comes from so they’re more cautious when they see farmers out on the road and more conscious about where they spend their money and things of that nature.”

Other sessions during the conference included topics on time management, financing and getting

started with new ventures to name a few. Attendees also had the chance to complete a service project by helping pack 4,000 meals to benefit hungry families in Omaha. Interested in supporting the Delaware’s YF&R Committee? On Saturday, May 25, the Delaware YF&R will be hosting its annual Strawberry Festival at Bobola Farm & Florist in Dover to help raise funds for their future events and for their scholarship program. For more about the Delaware Farm Bureau or the YF&R, visit or call the state office at 302-697-3183.

Educational Specialty Crop Crates Available to Elementary School Teachers

In the Fall of 2023, Delaware Farm Bureau (DEFB) received funding, through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) Program, to provide agricultural resources to teachers and their classrooms through the “Educating through Specialty Crop Crates” program.

Through this grant, DEFB developed the “Educating through Specialty Crop Crates” program, which aims to educate elementary-aged students on the various specialty crops that are grown and produced in Delaware.

DEFB, in partnership with the Del-

aware Department of Agriculture (DDA), will be promoting specialty crops, while educating students on the importance of agriculture and healthy eating. By introducing students to various specialty crops at a young age, they will be more willing to try new fruits and vegetables and develop healthier eating habits.

“The ‘Educating through Specialty Crop Crates’ program is essential to increasing the awareness of specialty crops, especially amongst our youngest consumers,” DEFB Marketing Coordinator Mikayla Paul said. “Due to the lack of farmland around some of these students, they are unaware of where their food

comes from and how it is grown. This program will create early exposure to Delaware agriculture and demonstrate how agriculture touches all of our lives.”

Elementary school teachers are encouraged to apply to receive a specialty crop crate for their classroom. Each crate is full of various hands-on activities, lesson plans and other specialty crop related educational materials that can be utilized in the classroom.

To learn more and to apply for a specialty crop crate, visit www.defb. org. The deadline to apply is June 30th, 2024.

Funding for the “Educating

through Specialty Crop Crates” program was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author’s and do not necessarily represent the official views of USDA.

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16 Delaware Young Farmers and Ranchers attended the National YF&R Conference in Omaha, NE.

Strawberry Festival to support YF&R scholarships, activities

The last Saturday in May is about to be sweetened with family fun, live music and, of course, strawberries thanks to the Delaware Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee.

Its annual Strawberry Festival is set for Saturday, May 25 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bobola’s Farm & Florist in Dover to raise funds for scholarships and the Committee’s upcoming activities and conferences.

“It’s really just a wholesome fam-

ily event that doesn’t cost a lot of money,” Statewide YF&R Chair Mollie Lynch said. “Families can come out and hang out for the day and learn a little bit about what YF&R does while having a good time. Attendees get to visit the farm, pick their own strawberries and spend time with each other.”

Lynch said the event also features a kids section with games and activities, as well as fresh food sold by the YF&R which includes the ever popular strawberry shortcake.

“These kinds of activities are also a great way to meet Delaware farm-

ers and Farm Bureau members. We work hard at educating the public and advocating for our farmers and consumers, but sometimes it’s great to get together to enjoy each other’s company, too,” DEFB Membership and Outreach Coordinator Jaiden Cain said.

The YF&R recently sent 16 members to the national leadership conference in March held in Omaha, NE with the help of funds raised from sponsorships and events held last year like the Strawberry Festival.

The group hopes to continue

growing opportunities for younger farmers in Delaware to preserve the industry for generations to come.

“It’s so important to stay in the know and connected to other agriculturalists. It keeps us motivated and helps us stay connected with new developments in our field. The YF&R really is like a family,” Lynch said.

Bobola Farm & Florist is located at 5268 Forrest Ave, Dover, DE, 19904. For more information on upcoming events and membership, visit



“Supporting our farmers through our events is just one way the Delaware Farm Bureau connects with members and educates the public about farming life in Delaware,” DEFB Assistant Executive Director Mikayla Paul said. “We’re happy to have the chance to bring the Milk Run back to Ramsey’s Farm. It’s a picturesque landscape with plenty of opportunities for participants to enjoy Delaware agriculture on a fun, Saturday morning out while raising money for great causes.”

The annual Milk Run, run by Fusion Racing, benefits the DEFB Foundation, as well as the Ministry of Caring’s Milk for Children Fund and the Food Bank of Delaware’s Backpack Program. Over the years, the Milk Run has raised more than $200,000 with proceeds split amongst the three groups.

“The ministry of Caring in Wilmington, for many years, had a sponsor that paid for the milk for their morning program for kids. When they lost their sponsor, we stepped in. It seemed like a perfect fit for Farm Bureau, so, at the time, the New Castle County Farm Bureau adopted the cause before we started sponsoring it through the Foundation,” Ramsey said. “Their ask was to help replace the $10,000 a year sponsorship. We were not only able to do that, but now the Milk Run has grown and we can support the Foundation and the Food Bank’s Backpack Program, as well. It’s just a very noble and worthwhile thing to do. I’m glad we can be involved through the Farm Bureau.”

For more information or to register for the 11th annual Milk Run, please visit or call the Delaware Farm Bureau state office at 302-697-3183.

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DE YF&R collected 151lbs of canned food at last year's Strawberry Festival to participate in the "Harvest for All" campaign.

DEFB acts as your eyes, ears, and voice when it come to legislation and regulations

Advocacy is a critical role of DEFB and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The collective voices of farmers, ranchers, watermen, and our supporters must be organized and expressed effectively to obtain favorable results from decision makers. At DEFB, we monitor developments in state and federal regulations and legislation for their potential effects on ag production, property rights, environmental policy, public safety, and a host of other things. The issues affecting farm families can be complex and intertwined. Someone needs to be on guard and prepared to speak out on behalf of rural America and agriculture. That’s what we do.

Federal Farm Bill

The 2018 Farm Bill is overdue for reauthorization. It was extended in late 2023 for the 2024 season and prospects are uncertain whether there will be a new 2024 Farm Bill or another extension. DEFB visited with Senator Tom Carper, Senator Chris Coons, and Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester over the past several months to discuss Delaware ag policy priorities potentially affected by the Farm Bill. The three of them are monitoring developments and stay in frequent touch with us.

DEFB supports the objectives as stated below by AFBF.

“We support the following principles to guide development of programs in the next farm bill:

• Increase baseline funding commitments to farm programs.

• Maintain a unified farm bill which includes nutrition programs and farm programs together; and

• Prioritize funding for risk management tools which include both federal crop insurance and commodity programs.”

For a comprehensive look at what the Farm Bill contains and why it is important to America, visit

Delaware General Assembly

Regarding the Delaware General Assembly, DEFB has greatly enhanced its presence in Legislative Hall and access to the 21 senators and 41 representatives. DEFB has developed a conversational relationship with virtually all members in both chambers. They all know they can come to DEFB with ideas and questions regarding the needs of Delaware agriculture and the specifics of legislation they may wish to sponsor.

The improved communication DEFB now has with the members yields opportunities to influence legislation. More and more frequently we receive draft legislation from a member or their staff. They request that we review the bill language and offer reactions and suggestions for improvement. Bills are often sent out to the DEFB Legislative Committee, a group of about 20 members, for their input. The comments received in response are communicated back to the bill sponsor and/or the committee to which the bill is assigned. This is the type of grassroots advocacy American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall is constantly encouraging and Delaware Farm Bureau is proud to perform.

A couple General Assembly bills of note are:


SYNOPSIS: This Act establishes the Delaware Agricultural Production Assistance Program. The Program will provide a subsidy of up to 30% of the premium for eligible producers’ qualifying Federal Crop Insurance Corporation policy up to a maximum of $10.00 per acre.

DEFB initiated and supports this bill and prospects for its passage appear good.


SYNOPSIS: This is the first leg

of an amendment to the Delaware Constitution to conserve, protect and maintain Delaware's natural resources, including its water, air, soil, flora, fauna, ecosystems and climate. This amendment would create an inherent and inalienable right for all Delawareans to a clean and healthy environment. The amendment would also declare the State, including all of its branches, agencies, and political subdivisions, as trustee of the State's natural resources. This provision, and the rights stated herein, are self-executing and on par with other protected inalienable rights.

This proposed Constitutional amendment sounds attractive. However, DEFB has opposed it in each of the last two General Assembly terms. Our research of such constitutional provisions in other states and the opinions of legal scholars, suggests that the “self-executing” feature of the amendment will inevitably result in a proliferation of onerous and even frivolous litigation damaging to Delaware agriculture. And possibly individual farm families.

DEFB strongly opposes HB 220, as written. A Constitutional amendment requires a 2/3 vote from each chamber in two successive General Assemblies to move forward. HB 220 is not likely to advance during this session.

There are several pending bills which DEFB is monitoring. Watch for legislative updates in the DEFB Weekly Digest sent to your email and on social media.

Networking to Enhance DEFB Effectiveness

DEFB has been building a network of partner organizations which include the Delmarva Chicken Association, Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association, Delaware Electric Cooperative, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, and others with whom we often share interests and objectives when it comes to legislation.

While working to find ways to address the statewide problem of deer damage to crops, it has been fruitful to begin participation in and cooperation with the General Assembly Sportsmen’s Caucus. DEFB has been invited to sit in on meetings of this Caucus comprised of State Senators, State Representatives, DDA, DNREC, Chamber representatives, the Delaware Sportsman’s Association, and others. These discussions have developed into a partnership to optimize the harvest of antlerless deer to reduce crop damage. DEFB, DDA, and the DNREC Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Sportsman’s Association will be working on several initiatives as further outlined elsewhere in this newspaper. There seems to be new policy challenges every week, some on the national front, some focused in Delaware. The General Assembly session ends June 30. Until then, we will monitor their proceedings very closely. At the same time, we will keep an eye on the U.S. Congress in hopes they move forward on a 2024 Farm Bill.

To stay up to date on Delaware's bills, resolutions, and other legislative events, visit

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From left to right: Senate Majority Leader Bryan Townsend, Senate President Pro Tempore David Sokola, Senate Minority Leader Gerald Hocker, and House Minority Whip Lyndon Yearick hear from DEFB members and share their perspective on issues important to agriculture.
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Delaware students receive FFA Blue Jackets from the Delaware Farm Bureau

When Lucy Chorman put on her very own FFA jacket for the first time almost five years ago, she said she felt excited for the opportunities to come.

“For myself and thousands of other FFA members across the country, the blue jacket gives us an opportunity to be a part of an organization that is fighting for agriculture, moving ahead and having a hand in developing the next generation of leaders,” she said.

Chorman, like many other students in the First State, were able to receive their blue corduroy jacket thanks to the Delaware Farm Bureau’s (DEFB) Blue Jacket Bonanza. This year, the organization provided 99 students with their own iconic jacket.

DEFB President Bill Powers and First Vice President Steve Breeding attended the Delaware FFA’s 94th State Convention Tuesday, March 5, at Delaware State University to personally present the jackets to those students.

“It’s a privilege to be able to do this for. . . quite a few years. Steve Breeding and I were both state FFA presidents. That was 48 years ago in this room and Steve was a state officer in 2000,” Powers said, tying experiences from both organizations together.

Students who received their first FFA jacket through the program came from across the state with a variety of experiences already under their belts and more to come, Chorman suggested.

“One of my favorite parts of the National FFA organization is that it doesn’t wait for leadership to find you. Instead, it recognizes that a true leader is not defined by age, rather by compassion. To the applicants before me, let this be a reminder that you can be a leader right where you are today,” she told the conference crowd of more than 550 attendees. “Whether you’re wearing it for the very first time, or a seasoned advocate, FFA has a place for you.”

Students honored with their own FFA blue jackets include:

Appoquinimink High School

Irelynn Becker

Jayla Burton

Benjamin Carter

Riley Cheeseman

Gabriel Doering

Carina Frago

Alyson Hackett

Kylie Knapp

Anna Kuzminski

Isabella Linsmeier

Carleigh Neville

Hannah Rohe

Annabelle Strong

Sophia Velon

Caesar Rodney High School

Carter Benini

Lily Cottle

Colleen Duong

Dylan Harris

Lily Moffet

Abigail Morgan

Addison Reel

Olivia Rudis

Christiana High School

Nadine Igbokidi

Dover High School

Grace Davis

Justin Didden

Haley Hartnett

Danielle Jones

Chloe Long

Samantha McCoy

Marialuisa Quinonez

Lake Forest High School

Alexiana Hay

Mackenzie Johnson

Kaylyn Jones

Alexis Rowland

Middletown High School

Alex Appiah

Keva Dhapare

Abigail Marshall

Madison Reeder

Rieley Un

Alyssa Winner

Melissa Yeboah

Milford High School

Donald Calhoun

Lily Fry

Laura Fulton

Savannah Littleton

Maggie Moore

Navaeh Passwaters

Bryce Patricella

Malleri Preuss

Abi Richards

Olivia Tribbett

Students from Lake Forest High School recieving their FFA Blue Jackets. From left to right: Delaware State FFA President Kyle Gares, DEFB President Bill Powers, Alexiana Hay, Mackenzie Johnson, Kaylyn Jones, Alexis Rowland, DEFB 1st First Vice President Steve Breeding, Delaware State FFA Sentinel Joey Nowotny

Odessa High School

Brenna Mahoney

Alexandra Stanberry-Turner

Savannah Timney

Dean Troutman

Macy Troutman

Rory Whitehouse

Odyssey Charter School

Autumn Piazza

Seaford High School

Brianna Brady

Colin Hignutt

Kohen Massey

Evan Metzner

Tyler Tribbitt

Paige Zoll

Smyrna High School

Cheyenne Abel

Oliver Ahrem

Jason Briney

Ezra Brumbaugh

Abigail Campagnini

Rachael Carney

Samuel Dulin IV

Riley Hufford

Mason Jewell

Caleigh Sweetman

Kayla Walker

Sussex Central High School

Joseph Moore V

Joshua McCabe

Adelita Hernandez-Barrios

Maria Gutierrez-Carcamo

Madigan Stegura

Julian Burns

Gabriel Bullard

Chloe Burroughs-Gravatt

Ava Johnson

Thomas McKean High School

Chase Armiger

Olivia Barnes

Alex Duncan

Grace Starrett

William Penn High School

Diamond Barnard

Edwardo Carmine

Rowan Fernsler

Jesus Lopez-Baeza

Kimani Wright

Woodbridge High School

Garrett Kellam

Cooper Kerrick

Hannah Jefferson

Dailyn Ramos Cortes

Brooke Taylor

For more information about the Delaware Farm Bureau or to find out how to get involved, visit www.

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YF&R to participate in "Harvest For All"

The Delaware Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) are proudly participating in the nationwide annual campaign, "Harvest for All". States compete in several categories including dollars donated, pounds of food collected, and volunteer hours contributed.

The State of Delaware may be small, but there is an opportunity for a large impact! To help our cause, check out these options:

1. Donate Food: Delaware's YF&R hosts events such as the annual Antique Tractor Pull and Strawberry Festival to collect food donations. Bring any non-perishable item to these events to help us reach our goal! If you donate directly to the Food Bank of Delaware, be sure to ask them to list the Delaware Young Farmers & Ranchers to help us receive credit for pounds of food donated.

2. Donate Funds: Everyone goes grocery shopping! Receipts from Redner's Market help us contribute 1% of the total to the Harvest for All program! Send your receipts to the Delaware Farm Bureau State Office, located at 3457 S. Dupont Hwy. Camden, DE 19934, or hand them to your local YF&R member to contribute monetarily.

3. Donate Time: Already a volunteer in your community? Send a copy of a letter to the Delaware Farm Bureau State Office, stating your volunteer time on the organization's letterhead to add to the total volunteer hours spent working in our communities.

The agricultural community is rooted in working together to give back to those less fortunate. The commitment of farmers, ranchers and communities to the Harvest for All initiative helps supply local and safe foods to many Americans who face food insecurities.

For more information on Harvest for All visit

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DNREC Deer Damage Assistance Program

Delaware farmers have experienced crop damage and financial loss due to Whitetail Deer feeding in our fields for decades. Deer feed on most crops that we grow. They can be devastating to corn, soybeans, sapling trees, vegetables, and other crops. They can reduce yields on affected acres to zero and when zeros start getting averaged into a yield on total acres of any crop, profit can vanish.

There are many factors contributing to the proliferation of Delaware’s deer herd, but their breeding success is the most obvious. At certain times of the year, it is not uncommon for herds of 30, 50, or even approaching 100 to be observed in farm fields.

Many years ago, in response to farmer outcry, the General Assembly authorized the Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) to establish programs to facilitate the reduction of deer herds across Delaware. (Title 7 § 114. Protected wildlife injuring private property.)

The DEFB Policy Book contains adopted resolutions insisting that action be forthcoming to reduce crop damage due to deer. With the goal of achieving progress toward fulfilling these goals, DEFB has been collaborating with DNREC, the Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA), the Sportsmen’s Caucus (consisting of Delaware Senators and Representatives, agency representatives, and business and community advocates) to develop coordinated methods of facilitating deer herd reduction.

While exploring potential new directives, DEFB is seeking to ensure that all Delaware farmers have all the best tools currently available to tackle this problem. Many resources for addressing the deer problem are available at the DNREC website. There is an expansive menu of guidance on both lethal and non-lethal deterrence.

The following information can be directly found on dnrec.delaware. gov/fish-wildlife/hunting/deer-damage-assistance/

Harvest of antlerless deer, specifically mature does, is the most effective way to help reduce a local deer population. If established deer hunting seasons do not provide adequate regulation of the deer population, commercial farming operations can apply for increased

antlerless deer harvest opportunities.

Level 1: Deer Damage Assistance Program

Farmers experiencing crop damage from deer can apply for the Deer Damage Assistance Program (DDAP). Applications are accepted May 16 to Dec. 31. No inspection is required.

This program provides free antlerless deer tags allowing additional antlerless deer harvest during Delaware’s regular deer seasons (typically the start of September through January). Hunters may use any legal firearm during regular firearm seasons under this permit. For example, a shotgun may be used during muzzleloader seasons.

Level 2: Severe Deer Damage Assistance Program

Farmers unable to meet antlerless harvest goals within the normal harvest season may apply for the Severe Deer Damage Assistance Program (SDDAP). New applications are accepted April 15 to Sept. 30. Renewals accepted April 15 to Dec. 31.

To enroll in this program, farmers must agree to a damage inspection by the Delaware Department of Agriculture and/or DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife to document deer damage. Farmers must also supply a list of all hunters harvesting under the permit.

This program provides free antlerless deer tags allowing addi-

tional deer harvest from August 15 through May 15. During this time, any weapon which is legal within the wildlife management zone the property is in may be used to harvest an antlerless deer. The Delaware Hunting and Trapping guide lists the current legal weapons in each wildlife management zone.

Level 3: Extreme Deer Damage Assistance Program

Farmers who have participated in the Severe Deer Damage Assistance Program and are still experiencing significant crop damage from deer may consider applying for the Extreme Deer Damage Assistance Program (EDDAP). Applications are accepted April 15 to July 15.

Recent Participation Figures

Level 1: Deer Damage Assistance Program

Number of Participants: 79

Level 2: Severe Deer Damage Assistance Program

Number of Participants: 350

Level 3: Extreme Deer Damage Assistance Program

Number of Participants: 12

For more information on the deer damage assistance program, visit hunting/deer-damage-assistance/

Applicants must agree to a damage inspection by the Delaware Department of Agriculture and/ or Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and demonstrate a minimum of 10% yield loss due to deer damage. This program requires farmers to work with an external consultant to develop a Deer Management Plan that outlines harvest goals and methods to reduce deer damage. Renewals occur every three years and require a new inspection and management plan.

Delaware Deer Harvest Update

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control

Spanning from September through January, Delaware has one of the longest statewide deer hunting seasons of any state in the country. From 2019 to 2023, on average, hunters harvested 16,201 deer each year, with the three highest harvests in Delaware’s history occurring during this timeframe. On average, antlerless deer accounted for 72 percent (11,650) of the deer harvested each year. During the 2023 deer season, Delaware ranked second nationally, with 4.4 antlerless deer harvested per square mile. By county, 54 percent of the harvest was from Sussex County, 29.6 percent from Kent County, and 16.4 percent from New Castle County. Deer harvested outside of the regular hunting season framework on properties enrolled in the three crop damage assistance programs available to Delaware’s farmers, represented 11 percent (1,544 deer) of the harvest on average, each year. The three crop damage programs and the recent opportunity for hunters to hunt deer on Sundays, along with the addition of straight-walled pistol-caliber rifles, have all helped to contribute to the increased deer harvest seen over the past few years which has been the Division’s goal.

Partnering with our farmers and butchers, many of deer harvested are donated to the Delaware Hunter Against Hungry (DHAH) program. Just last year, 758 deer were donated to the program which provided 21,075 pounds of ground venison, yielding over 80,000 meals to Delaware’s citizens in need.

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USDA Actions to Protect Livestock Health From Highly Pathogenic H5N1 Avian Influenza

To further protect the U.S. livestock industry from the threat posed by highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, USDA is sharing a number of actions that we are taking with our federal partners to help us get ahead of this disease and limit its spread.

Today, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced a Federal Order requiring the following measures, effective Monday, April 29, 2024:

Mandatory Testing for Interstate Movement of Dairy Cattle

Prior to interstate movement, dairy cattle are required to receive a negative test for Influenza A virus at an approved National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) laboratory.

Owners of herds in which dairy cattle test positive for interstate movement will be required to provide epidemiological information, including animal movement tracing.

Dairy cattle moving interstate must adhere to conditions specified by APHIS.

As will be described in forthcoming guidance, these steps will be immediately required for lactating dairy cattle, while these requirements for other classes of dairy cattle will be based on scientific factors concerning the virus and its evolving risk profile.

Mandatory Reporting

Laboratories and state veterinarians must report positive Influenza A nucleic acid detection diagnostic results (e.g. PCR or genetic sequencing) in livestock to USDA APHIS. Laboratories and state veterinarians must report positive Influenza A serology diagnostic results in livestock to USDA APHIS.

USDA has identified spread between cows within the same herd, spread from cows to poultry, spread between dairies associated with cattle movements, and cows without clinical signs that have tested positive. On April 16, APHIS microbiologists identified a shift in an H5N1 sample from a cow in Kansas that could indicate that the virus has an adaptation to mammals. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC) conducted further analysis of the specimen sequence, which did not change their overall risk assessment for the general public, because the substitution has been seen previously in other mammalian infections and does not impact viral transmission. Additionally, APHIS’ National Veterinary Services Laboratories found H5N1 in a lung tissue sample from an asymptomatic cull dairy cow that originated from an affected herd and did not enter the food supply.

The novel movement of H5N1 between wild birds and dairy cows requires further testing and time to develop a critical understanding to support any future courses of action. This Federal Order is critical to increasing the information available for USDA. Requiring positive test reporting will help USDA better under this disease and testing before interstate movement will limit its spread.

While we are taking this action today, it is important to remember that thus far, we have not found changes to the virus that would make it more transmissible to humans and between people. While cases among humans in direct contact with infected animals are possible, our partners at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believe that the current risk to the public remains low.

Additionally, we continue to see

affected cows recover after supported care with little to no associated mortality. We also continue to work with our partners in the states and industry to emphasize the critical importance biosecurity plays in limiting disease spread for all livestock and poultry.

You may view the Federal Order, which is effective on Monday, April 29, 2024.

Further, in an effort to maximize understanding and research on H5N1 in dairy cattle, on April 21, APHIS made publicly available 239 genetic sequences from the U.S. H5N1 clade influenza virus recently found in samples associated with the ongoing HPAI outbreak in poultry and wild birds, and the recent H5N1 event in dairy cattle. APHIS has also offered virus samples to interested researchers to facilitate epidemiological study. Increasing our understanding of this disease and how it spreads is critical to stopping it. This is why APHIS is urging dairy cattle producers and those who work in or with the industry to share epidemiological information from affected farms, even if they are not planning to move cattle interstate. APHIS further urges producer participation in public health assessments to continue to confirm worker safety and monitor for any potential changes in the virus that could impact transmissibility.

In addition, our partners in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released an update on the ongoing work to ensure continued effectiveness of the federal-state milk safety system. It is important to emphasize that, based on the information and research available to us at this time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and USDA believe that our commercial milk supply is safe because of both the pasteurization process and the required diversion or destruction of milk from sick cows. Pasteurization has continuously proven to inactivate bacteria and viruses in milk. The FDA and USDA continue to work closely to collect and evaluate additional data and information specific to avian influenza in dairy cattle and to support state counterparts as this emerging disease in dairy cattle is managed.

As USDA continues to take steps to protect the health of livestock, the Department continues to work closely with federal partners at the CDC on protecting the health of people and FDA on protecting the safety of the food supply. The U.S. government is committed to addressing this situation with urgency.

To learn more about USDA’s response to HPAI in dairy cattle, visit

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Women's Committee is looking for volunteers for DEFB Food Booth

The Delaware Farm Bureau (DEFB) Food Booth is an iconic stop for many Delaware State Fair goers, visitors, and exhibitors alike. Our booth is unique in that your food comes from local farms and businesses. You are likely to be served by a familiar face, enjoy a delicious and affordable meal, all while supporting local farms, local businesses, and the youth in our community through our scholarship program, which is funded through the DEFB Food Booth.

The DEFB Women’s Committee prides itself in offering affordable and delicious food to everyone at the Delaware State Fair, but we cannot do it alone. We need volunteers like YOU to help continue the tradition of making the “fair famous” milkshakes and serving our community through the DEFB Food Booth. In recent years, we have added new menu items such as the ice cream special and breakfast, which proved

to be very successful! With more people wanting to support our initiatives and support local farmers while at the fair, we are looking for volunteers and groups to donate their time and energy to help the DEFB Women’s Committee.

Youth organizations, such as FFA chapters and 4-H groups, can earn funds to support their clubs by simply staffing the DEFB Food Booth for a minimum of one shift. Volunteers will learn vital skills, such as customer service, team work and adaptability, all while having a good time and meeting the many faces that visit the Delaware State Fair to learn more about and support Delaware's #1 industry – agriculture. All volunteers will also receive one free meal during their shift and maybe even one of our famous milkshakes!

If you are interested in volunteering to work the Delaware Farm Bureau Food Booth at the Delaware State Fair this year, or learning about the volunteer opportunities available, please contact Jan Cartanza at or by calling the Delaware Farm Bureau state office at (302) 697-3183.

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Middletown FFA members volunteered to help at the Delaware Farm Bureau Food Booth at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington, DE.

Delaware Farm Bureau encourages farmers to take care of their mental health

On average, one U.S. farm feeds 16 people annually in the U.S. and abroad. The global population is expected to increase by 2.2 billion by 2050, meaning the world’s farmers will have to grow about 70% more food than what is being produced today. That is a lot of pressure and stress to add to farmers’ already full plates.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month and DEFB wants to remind everyone that resources are available for anyone that is struggling with their mental health. Better health care for farmers has been a priority for AFBF as agriculture continues to evolve. The organization’s Farm State of Mind campaign focuses on building awareness and reducing the stigma. The Farm State of Mind website helps farmers find local and national resources through their Farm State of Mind resource directory.

Announced at the AFBF 2024 Convention, AFBF now provides members access to Togetherall services, which is a safe and clinically moderated peer-to-peer community, provided through the Farm Family Wellness Alliance.

“Farming is tough even on the best days. That’s why Farm Bureau has been committed to helping farmers and ranchers across the country get connected with the tools and resources they need to promote mental health and wellbeing – and to check in on their friends, neighbors and loved ones,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall.

Learn more at AFBF’s Farm State of Mind website at initiative/farm-state-of-mind. To learn more about the Farm Family Wellness Alliance and the services available through the Togetherall platform, visit For more information on DEFB, visit

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The Bishop family is rooted in agriculture

For the Bishop Family, it’s all about their roots. Dale and Donna Bishop of Felton, DE, raised their kids with strong agricultural roots, and their kids, Megan, Logan, and Ali could not be more thankful.

Dale grew up working on his family’s dairy farm. In the 1990s, he and Donna established Bishop Farms. They primarily grow corn, soybeans, wheat, and barley on about 2,200 acres. They have dabbled in vegetables and started a custom application business in 2001 that eldest daughter, Megan, has now taken over. Not wanting to stray too far away from the dairy community, Dale does some chopping for dairy farmers; his kids say this is his favorite.

Balancing raising three very involved kids with the busy and unpredictable schedule of a farmer is a hard task, but Donna and Dale made it work and gave their kids a life they are forever grateful for. Many times, it was Dale in the field and Donna running the kids and taking care of household chores.

Ali, the youngest daughter, recalled a time, during one of her high school field hockey games, she was excited that her dad might make it, but he couldn’t get out of the field in time. While Donna was the one attending most of their events, she did her best to keep Dale involved by sending as many pictures or videos as she could. The kids knew that he was cheering them on from afar; Megan said, “We knew he loved us because he worked to put a roof over our head and meals on the table.”

It may have been rare to have all five Bishops in the same room, but that didn’t change how close they were. Ali said, “You look back and you think wow, that’s such a fond memory, and it's just a picture of mom and dad eating pizza on the side of a road in front of a field. We just make those family moments work however we can.” This is the reality of farm families; some of the best memories come from the cab of a tractor.

The Bishop girls were taught early in life that hard work pays off. Dale and Donna were very transparent and honest with their children, teaching them lessons in work ethic, dedication, responsibility, and sacrifice. The girls shared that their

dad was always telling them, “The harder you work, the more you’ll have in life.” Growing up, they had their fair share of chores to contribute to the family and it didn’t matter that they were girls.

Dale taught the girls to be appreciative of the farming community. He stressed to never burn a bridge because you never know when you will have to cross it again. Farming is truly a community effort; it’s important to help neighbors. Megan added, “Dad has always been a man of morals. He thanks everyone that has contributed to his success.”

Megan and Logan, now parents of their own, use these many lessons in their parenting style. All are so appreciative that their parents provided them with the opportunity to raise their kids on the farm. Megan and Logan both get their kids involved on the farm as much as possible, showing them how farm life works. Ali, not yet a mother, added that her nieces and nephew love it; they already have dreams of being barrel racers and farmers.

Logan hopes that she can instill the self-confidence in her kids that her parents instilled in her. She grew up knowing that she needed to be true to herself and not conform to something she’s not. “We’re raising our kids in the purest way that they can be raised. Even if it is bad out there, we know that we are going to raise good humans that are going to contribute and find their place in society. They’re going to be the third generation on this farm. Every piece of it has been through us, a truly family-run business. Our parents are the ones that started all of this. They did this all by themselves. They built this from the ground up, and that’s what makes us so proud of them.”

The most important lesson that the Bishop daughters recall being taught growing up is to be true to themselves; don’t forget your roots or stray from your values. Their dad often reminded them, "don't forget your roots," emphasizing the importance of staying connected to where they come from. Ali recalled her mom saying, “Whatever you are faced with today, don’t back down, stand up, be proud. God will prevail. Dad and I have struggled more than most, and I feel so very strong because of it. Praise Jesus for the hardships.” Megan, Logan, and Ali all shared how proud and

appreciative they are of their parents for sacrificing so much to give them the best childhood they could imagine.

There are so many ups and downs of farm life, but farmers do it because they love it. They have the responsibility to feed, clothe, and provide for the world. That’s a tremendous amount of pressure, but they still get in the tractor every day and plow on. Ali added, “I wish more of the public knew just how much of a sacrifice it is. Dad is never going to retire because his life is in that soil… I just wish people knew just how much love and sacrifice go into farming every single day.”

The girls acknowledged that it’s

not easy being a farmer’s wife either. Donna wore so many hats: mother, chef, chauffeur, maid, and now babysitter for her loving grandchildren. The Bishop girls will never be grateful enough for all that their parents did and continue to do for them. Logan says, “The reason that we are who we are is because of them. They did it on their own. Never a handout or a one-up, it was always hard work and dedication.” Megan added, “It’s the best life to live.”

Delaware Farm Bureau is appreciative of all farm families. To have your mom or dad featured on DEFB social media leading up to Mother’s and Father’s Day, visit https://defb. org/moms-dads-of-defb/.

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The Bishop family from left to right: Logan Field, Megan Bishop, Ali Bishop, Dale Bishop, Donna Bishop Dale and Donna Bishop sharing pizza in the field after a long day of work.

DEFB P&E Launch 2024 Annual Photo Contest

The Delaware Farm Bureau Promotion and Education Committee is excited to announce the start of their 2024 Annual Photo Contest! Now in it’s sixth year, the photo contest is open to amateur photographers of all ages who have a passion for showcasing Delaware agriculture through their lens.

Between May 1, 2024 through October 31, 2024, amateur photographers are encouraged to submit their best agriculture-related photos online at the Delaware Farm Bureau website. The winning photographs will be announced at the Delaware Farm Bureau’s statewide Annual Banquet in December 2024.

The top four winning photos will receive a monetary prize in addition to being on display at the Delaware Farm Bureau’s state office, as well as at the Delaware Agricultural Museum through 2025. Six honorable mention photos will receive a certificate.

“The Promotion and Education Committee’s Annual Photo Contest provides a glimpse into the activi-

ties of modern agriculture and helps connect the consumer to the farmer and Delaware’s agricultural industry. The community also has the opportunity to participate in the public voting portion of the contest, where their votes will determine the winners of the photo contest, further promoting Delaware agriculture,” P&E Committee member Casey Collier said.

She also added that if you are interested in volunteering as a judge for this year’s photo contest to please email her at clcollier0425@

The photos submitted through this contest are shared on DEFB’s social media accounts, website and are used for various promotional materials, in hopes of reaching more community members and celebrating agriculture and the accomplishments of the participating photographers. To learn more about the photo contest and to submit photos, visit For more information on the Delaware Farm Bureau, visit www.

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Delaware Farm Bureau members discuss concerns with legislators through breakfasts, luncheon

Delaware legislators took the time recently to hear concerns from local farmers as the legislative session rolls on in the First State.

The Delaware Farm Bureau, DEFB, held breakfast events in all three Delaware counties and a luncheon at Legislative Hall in Dover in hopes of reaching each legislator to help share the story of agriculture.

“It’s very important that we have the chance to talk with our legislators and encourage them to learn more about what we do day in and day out,” DEFB Executive Director

Don Clifton said. “Our farmer members were able to share their needs and concerns during the breakfast events, and to thank the legislators for previous actions that benefited our agriculture industry. The luncheon was a great opportunity to celebrate National Ag Day and share that with even more legislators and their staff.”

Topics of concern at each of the breakfast events included crop damage from unmanaged deer populations, solar farms and international concerns, among other issues. Stephanie Knutsen of G&S Dairy in Harrington also took the opportunity to speak about raw milk and help dispel any fears while sharing data and personal experiences with the groups.

“We know there’s a bill coming about raw milk; it’s consumer driven. We want to make sure our legislators have the data they need to make informed decisions about raw milk which, of course, would come directly from our farmers,” Clifton said.

Senator Eric Buckson attended the breakfast event in Kent County and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to meet with farmers in this way.

“We, as legislators, are not doing our best job if we’re not discussing the impact of our work with the people it affects. Opportunities like these are very important,” he said during the event held at the Hollywood Diner.

The luncheon at Legislative Hall proved just as impactful as DEFB staffers and volunteers, 4-H members and FFA students spoke with legislators and their staff over farm fresh ingredients prepared by Main Street Market in Smyrna.

“It’s important to let the legislators know that Delaware’s number one industry is agriculture and the best way to do that is to feed them food from Delaware,” DEFB member Jackie King said.

Kyle Kerr, president of the Delaware 4-H Teen Council, and Ainsley West, 4-H Teen Council state

DEFB provided a luncheon for Legislators at Legislative Hall. From left to right: Connor Vincent, Jackie King, Lieutenant Governor of Delaware Bethany Hall Long, Bill Powers, Don Clifton, Steve Breeding.

secretary, said the chance to support DEFB and meet with legislators helps further their mission and helps the students gain important, long-lasting experiences, too.

“It gives us a way to make connections and help out the Farm Bureau. I love these kinds of events because I get to meet the legislators who will help us out down the line,” Kerr said.

West said she would like to emphasize to lawmakers just “how big and diverse the agricultural industry is in Delaware. There’s a broad spectrum and everybody is very supportive.”

For more on the Delaware Farm Bureau or to learn how to get involved, visit

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Legislators, farmers, and more gathered at Baxter Farms in Sussex County to discuss agricultural bills and iniatives.
DEFB President Bill Powers spoke at the Kent County Legislative Breakfast held at The Dover Hollywood Diner.

Fresh finds await at Delaware’s farmers markets and farm stands

As the weather warms up, farmers gear up for their busy season, and consumers eagerly anticipate the chance to venture out and explore. During the summer, consumers enjoy “grocery shopping” at their local farmers markets and farm stores and stands for fresh local produce. For those looking for locally grown, fresh groceries, Delaware’s 17 farmers markets and over 70 farm stores and stands are ready to provide.

With multiple vendors offering a variety of products including produce, meat, dairy, and handmade crafts, customers are likely to discover something new with each trip to their local farmers market. Additionally, farmers markets allow customers to make a connection with producers. They can ask questions regarding how the product was grown or made, allowing for more transparency from producers to consumers.

“Our experience at farmers markets has been so positive with all the loyal customers that attend every year,” says Jenny Dittmar of Felton.

Dittmar and her family run Dittmar Family Farms offering produce, pastured meats, and goat soap with a focus on regenerative agriculture. Customers can find their products at local farmers markets or have the option to pre-order online for carside pick-up on farm!

“Every year we look forward to seeing all the vendors and volunteers again and so many friends we

have made over the years,” says Dittmar. “When the farmers markets open back up each season and we see the excitement on our customers faces at our table displays of veggies it reminds us that we are doing what we are meant to be doing and gives us a sense of pride for all the months of preparation leading up to the beginning of May! It is all worth it!”

Farm stores and stands have become increasingly popular across the first state as farmers can sell their products on the farm. With a busy summer schedule, some farmers need the flexibility of selling products where they work. When customers shop at farm stores and stands, they get a glimpse of life on the farm and see where their food is grown, while directly supporting the farmer’s dreams.

As farm stores expand, many turn to agritourism to further increase farm transparency, offering their customers the opportunity to explore the farm. For many consumers, learning exactly how their food is grown makes them more comfortable with their purchase. Agritourism can vary greatly from farm to farm. Some offer a U-pick option, allowing customers to go into the fields and pick their very own produce, such as strawberries and peaches. Others give their customers the chance to tour the farm and learn about the day-to-day operations.

“We at Delaware Farm Bureau love to highlight our farmers who attend farmers markets and have

Dittmar Family Farms' display at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market at Crooked Hammock in Lewes, DE.

farm stores on our social media! You can find something new at each vendor or store; it’s such a fun experience. Farmers put in tireless hours of work to provide their customers with the best product possible, and we are so appreciative of that,” said Mikayla Paul, Delaware Farm Bureau Marketing Coordinator.

Some other options of on farm, local experiences are wineries, creameries, Christmas tree farms

and garden centers. The Delaware Farm Bureau encourages consumers to buy local and support your local producers! To find a buying local guide, visit To order from Dittmar Family Farms, visit For more information on the Delaware Farm Bureau, visit

Farm Bureau University offers free resources for members

Did you know you can access valuable lessons and resources online to help you better advocate for farmers, ranchers and consumers?

With the click of a button, Delaware Farm Bureau members can find information at their fingertips that can help them advocate or grow their own businesses thanks to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Bureau University.

DEFB 1st Vice President Steve Breeding says "There is truly some-

thing out there for everyone, it's just a matter of finding it."

Farm Bureau University includes courses such as “Board Essentials” which offers “online training for county board members to develop skills and acquire knowledge as a Farm Bureau leader.” A similar course for committee members is also available. An advocacy module helps Farm Bureau members understand media, political and consumer advocacy skills that they

could use in their own business or for the overall health of the organization.

Even more opportunities are available in the resources tab where members can discover success stories from other Farm Bureaus, learn how to share their own story or better understand how to discuss hard topics with legislators or recruit urban farmers. Teaching resources can also be found through this opportunity.

"There is so much information out there that AFBF wants us to use. They put so much time and effort into these opprountituies, so we need to use them," says Breeding. "They have collected and compiled information from other states, so we can learn from what they did well." It’s easy to enroll in Farm Bureau University, and it’s free to current DEFB members. Visit and click “Sign up here.”

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Conference brings farmers together over safety topics

Safety was the top priority Wednesday, March 20 during the Delaware Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Safety Conference held at Loblolly Acres in Viola.

Hosted by the DEFB’s Promotion & Education Committee in partnership with Nationwide and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, the annual event featured innovative safety solutions, as well as tips and tricks for farmers to take back to their own fields and operations.

“It was a great day. I think it was wonderful,” Ag Safety Committee Chair June Unruh said, adding that attendance this year was the best the group has seen so far.

“During our annual banquet last year, we received a Delaware Farm Bureau book from 1963 and some of the things in there, like road safety, were things we’re still talking about today,” she explained. “There was a section in there about farm tractors and traffic and that was, what, 60 years ago and we’re still talking about it. It’s an important topic and it needs to be talked about all the time.”

Unruh has helped to organize the Safety Conference for years, emphasizing the importance of learning the various aspects of risks associated with farming, working outside and other factors.

“Safety is more than reading a safety brochure or looking at a safety poster; it needs to be a part of who we are and a part of our everyday life,” she said. “You have to be consistent, too. You can’t just do it sometimes because that’s when accidents happen. You have to practice safety all of the time and you should make it a part of your day so when others observe you, maybe they can take away something from that experience and make it a part of their life, too.”

DEFB Executive Director Don Clifton and Kent County Farm Bureau President Jim Minner drove home that point in their presentation on Improving Road Safety for Farm Equipment.

“This is all very important information. It’s critical that we take the time to learn about safety measures or to be reminded of how we can keep ourselves, our families, our farmworkers and our consumers safer while around the farming operation,” Clifton said.

Other speakers brought more safety concerns to light for attendees, hoping to offer a variety of topics for farmers and consumers alike to consider.

Todd McMullen from Great Hearing Benefits, a member benefit for Delaware Farm Bureau members, spoke to the group about Hearing Loss and protection. Chuck Thomp, director of customer relations and

strategy for eFire USA, spoke to the realities of fire risks which are sometimes overlooked while presenting on Fire Realities Mitigating the Risk, Protecting Property & Lives Through Pre-Planning & Awareness. Dr. Kerry Richards of the Pheonix Agriculture Safety and Health (PCASH) rounded out the day with a presentation on pesticides.

“What was most exciting was that we had all ages this year. I could look out into the crowd and see farmers of all kinds, all ages, and that’s what we really want to see at Farm Bureau events. We want to support the younger generation, especially, by helping them start with a firm foundation. Safety certainly plays a part in that,” Unruh said.

For more information or to register for the 7th annual Safety Conference, please visit or call the Delaware Farm Bureau state office at 302-697-3183.

Over 50 attendees learned about farm

tion, fire prevention, and more.

DNREC promotes Scrap Tire Program for farmers

A clean-up program by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control now in its second decade is reaching more Delaware farmers to help them rid their properties of scrap tires at little or no cost to their agricultural operations, according to Tara Grazier, of DNREC’s Scrap Tire Management Program.

According to DNREC, the state generates more than 750,000 scrap tires annually, making proper disposal a priority so that these disused tires don’t turn into environmental hazards or cause the spread of illness or disease. Both piled and strewn tires often harbor pests such as mice and snakes, and also hold standing water, an ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes that transmit the likes of West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Likewise, scrap tire fires release hazardous pollutants into the air, while run-off from melting tires can pollute soils, surface water and groundwater. DNREC also has to contend with the fact that extinguishing tire fires can be difficult and drawn out over time, releasing more toxins to the environment.

Grazier, a planner with DNREC’s Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances, said the Scrap Tire Management Program, which originated in 2007, encourages farmers in the First State to avail themselves of the state’s Scrap Tire Management Fund to eliminate piles of scrap tires from their farms.

She told them during the Delaware Farm Bureau’s Annual Meeting in December that the process is simple: Once a farm property owner notifies DNREC of their intent to remove a scrap tire pile, she will meet with them to determine if the

scrap tires meet the fund’s criteria. That having happened, the farm property owner can then manage the removal themselves or DNREC can contract with approved vendors who will remove scrap tires from the property.

Ronnie Robbins, a retired dairy farmer near Milford, found success in the Scrap Tire Program in recent years and reported a very satisfactory experience after contacting Grazier for help.

“We had so many tires accumulated over the years, including all the tires for our silage tarps. It amounted to several big loads the disposal guys hauled away. The program couldn’t have worked better for us,” he said.

That is exactly the response Grazier and her DNREC colleagues want to hear, she said, emphasizing that “We are only looking to remove tires from your properties.

That’s it.”

Several of Delaware Farm Bureau’s farmer members mentioned illegally dumped tires which can end up on farmland property by no fault of the farmer. There’s a program for that, too, Grazier explained.

Illegally dumped scrap tires, she said, along with other kinds of illegal dumping, can be reported to DNREC’s 24-hour environmental complaint hotline at 1-800-6628802. Once reported, small numbers of dumped scrap tires can be removed by DNREC, while larger amounts of dumped tires can require bringing in a DNREC-contracted vendor for removal.

For their accumulated scrap tire piles, property owners and farmers alike should call DNREC’s Division of Waste and Hazardous Substances to start the process at 302-7399403 or visit

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safety including hearing protec- June Unruh, Ag Safety Conference Chair, welcomed attendees to the 7th Annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference.

P&E Committee is keeping busy this spring

As spring blossoms, so do our opportunities to celebrate agriculture and promote safety within our community! The Delaware Farm Bureau Promotion and Education (P&E) Committee has been busy offering events for the season, including the 2nd Annual Ag Day luncheon at Legislative Hall as well as the 7th Annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference.

National Ag Day was celebrated on March 19th and this was the perfect opportunity for the Delaware Farm Bureau to visit Legislative Hall in Dover to meet with elected officials and provide a delicious lunch made from locally produced products. Members of the Delaware Farm Bureau P&E Committee, along with student leaders from Del-

aware 4-H and Delaware FFA Association, served lunch and visited with elected officials, offering information about the importance of Delaware Agriculture. Ag Day serves as an opportunity to educate legislators and the public about the importance of agriculture in providing food, fuel, and fiber for the nation. It highlights the innovations and advancements in agriculture and promotes greater awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. This event provides legislators with a valuable opportunity to engage with the agricultural community, understand its needs and priorities, and collaborate on policies that support a vibrant and sustainable agricultural industry. The Ag Day luncheon at Legislative Hall was enjoyed by all and we look forward to continuing this celebration in 2025!

March 20th brought the Annual Delaware Ag Safety Conference, held at Loblolly Acres. This beau-

tiful venue offered the perfect location for a day of education for our farmers and community members. In addition to rural road safety updates and information, attendees learned about fire safety and prevention strategies. This year’s health topic, a benefit of all Delaware Farm Bureau members, was on hearing loss presented by Todd McMullen of Great Hearing Benefits. This benefit offers discounts on hearing aids and a free screening. Farmers in attendance received their updated training for pesticide applicator certification. These are crucial topics for our farmers and community members. The Delaware Farm Bureau appreciates their partnership with Nationwide Insurance and University of Delaware Cooperative Extension in providing these informative sessions. There was a full house for the event this year and participants commented that the speakers were excellent and the sessions were very


These events really highlight the mission of the Delaware Farm Bureau P&E Committee - to partner with Delaware farm families to create relationships with our neighbors, the consumer, to promote Delaware’s number one industry and educate the public and farmer alike.

Be on the lookout for the launch of our Annual Photo Contest, which runs from May 1st through October 31st, 2024, as well as opportunities to honor and celebrate Delaware Farm Bureau moms and dads during our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day social media campaign. Preparations are also underway for our booth in the Ag Commodities Building at the 2024 Delaware State Fair. If you are interested in volunteering at our fair booth this year, please contact Mikayla Paul at mikayla.paul@defb. org or call the state office at (302) 697-3183. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Youth Spotlight: Thomas Seay

Hi, my name is Thomas Seay and I’m excited to be the 24-25 DE FFA County Representative.

My favorite FFA event is definitely DE State Convention, one of the biggest events for Delaware FFA! We have so much fun, while making memories, laughing, and sometimes even crying. Line dancing during pre-session and tunnel time to start the session really gets the members together having a blast. Watching other members earn awards like scholarships, different levels of degrees and competitions is very enjoyable.

During State Convention FFA members can earn their FFA Blue Jackets from Delaware Farm Bureau's Blue Jacket Bonanza. DEFB donates blue jackets to active FFA members who show dedication and passion for agriculture. It's one of my favorite parts of the convention because not only was I a blue jacket recipient, but I also got to see other members get their jacket and be able to represent DE FFA.

Each day of State Convention we hear the retiring addresses from

that year's state officer team. Each retiring address has its own meaning and shows their FFA experience and how it has changed them as a person and made them who they are today. Being a state officer takes a lot of courage and hearing their journey is very inspiring.

After all, the 2023 DE State FFA Convention will be one I will never forget, because I was elected as a County Representative. I have always looked up to the county representatives and state officer team and made it a goal to be a part of a great team like those. Last year's County Representative, Kayla Parks, was a big reason I wanted to run. As County Representative, I get to work with this year's state officer team and help them with workshops, all teaching me how to become a better leader. I also get to meet so many chapters and members throughout the state of Delaware.

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Farmers prepare for upcoming planting season during annual Risk Management Conference

International trade issues and poor business planning can be time consuming and very costly for farmers and most of them don’t even realize it until it’s too late, according to Kent County farmer David Marvel. He joined dozens of farmers from across the state Monday, March 4,

at the Harrington Fire Hall to learn how they can better prepare for those very issues.

The second annual Risk Management Conference, hosted by the Delaware Farm Bureau (DEFB) and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, offered a day of speakers to help farmers and those professionally engaged in the

agriculture industry understand a variety of topics including budgeting and production costs, services available to farmers, solar farm developments and dryland yield modeling for crop insurance. The event also included an economic update from the American Farm Bureau Federation, and updates on the fertilizer and grain markets.

“I’ve gotten positive feedback on the conference. It definitely opened their eyes to the markets and production costs we’re facing this year. Some people have reconsidered what they’re doing in their home farm,” Nathaniel Bruce, farm business management specialist with the Cooperative Extension.

Bruce said the conference was planned for earlier in the year in hopes of reaching farmers before their major planting seasons began to enhance their business preparations.

“I think the biggest thing with this conference was the connectivity and the time of year, getting together with a group of producers right before planning and getting back to the basics. I think it’s a great time of year to do that, kind of like our last chance before the mad dash,” he said. “They absolutely need to know their costs of production and I think that’s the number one thing. They need to know what their break even price

is for whatever crop they are facing. This year is going to be a very tight year, the margin of error will be very slim so they need to know what kind of money they have invested in this year’s crop.”

Those numbers should take into account international and national issues, business expenditures like wages and production costs, transportation, market fluctuations and any relevant risk management programs, to name just a few concerns, speakers advised.

“This conference offered farmers a chance to get caught up on the information they need to make informed decisions when it comes to planning out their business year. It can be overwhelming, so having all of that information in one place can be very helpful,” DEFB Executive Director Don Clifton said.

DEFB is also planning its annual Ag Safety Conference to be held Wednesday, March 20, at Loblolly Acres in Viola. Topics will include road safety, hearing loss and protection, mitigating fire risks and pesticide use.

For more information on the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension, visit https://www. cooperative-extension/. To get involved with DEFB or to register for the upcoming Ag Safety Conference, visit

Stop the spread of the spotted laternfly

Delaware Department of Agriculture is asking farmers to be vigilant this year for the invasive fruit crop pest, the spotted lanternfly. This sap-sucking plant hopper feeds off 75-plus species of trees, shrubs, and vines. These include, but are not limited to, grape vines, orchard trees, vegetable vines, hops, and ornamental plants. Spotted lanternfly suck out the sap of these plants, leaving the plant with little energy to produce fruit, causing a decrease in yield production. The by-product of spotted lanternfly, honeydew, can also cause damage

by encouraging mold growth and attracting stinging insects. All stages of spotted lanternfly can pose a danger to vineyards, orchards, nurseries, and gardens. It is important to recognize spotted lanternfly egg masses, nymphs, and adults throughout the year and to have a management plan to protect your crops. The best way to reduce future populations and stop the spread is to check farm equipment, grain trucks, shipments, and items stored outdoors for spotted lanternfly before and after transport. To obtain a spotted lanternfly permit for your business, develop a management plan, as well as help reduce the risk of spotted lanternfly spreading in your area, please go to

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Betty Resnick, AFBF Economist, speaking on fertilizer market trends at the second annual Risk Management Conference.

Agriculture Emissions Fall to Lowest Levels in 10 Years

American Farm Bureau

America’s farmers and ranchers are leading the way in greenhouse gas emission reduction through voluntary conservation efforts and market-based incentives. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2022. The report shows American agriculture reduced emissions by almost 2% from 2021 to 2022, the largest decrease of any economic sector.

American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the data in the latest Market Intel, noting,

“U.S. agriculture represents just under 10% of total U.S. emissions when compared to other economic sectors… By EPA’s own methodology, emissions from agriculture totaled 634 million metric tons in CO2 equivalents, or 9.99% of all U.S. emissions, during 2022. This represents a decrease of 1.8%, or 12 million metric tons, from 2021… 2022 marks the lowest U.S. agricultural greenhouse gas emissions since 2012.”

“The latest numbers demonstrate farmers’ and ranchers’ commitment to growing the food and fiber America’s families rely on while improving the land, air and water, a benefit to the farm and the cli-

mate,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “The drop in agricultural emissions highlights the success and importance of voluntary and market-based programs that support farmer efforts in sustainable agriculture practices. The latest numbers should also serve as inspiration to lawmakers who can build on this progress by passing a farm bill, which not only provides a safety net for farmers, but also helps them meet sustainability goals.”

Other highlights specific to the agricultural sector in the Market Intel include:

12-million-metric-ton reduction in greenhouse gas emissions;

2.1% reduction in livestock GHG emissions; 1.7% reduction in crop cultivation emissions; and 1.2% reduction in fuel combustion emissions.

Read the full Market Intel here,

To have Market Intels delivered directly to your inbox, visit https://

Wilmington Blue Rocks and Gladden’s Furniture and Bedding join the DEFB member benefit program

Members of the Delaware Farm Bureau (DEFB) receive exclusive discounts at over 30 different businesses, ranging from exclusive savings on Ford trucks, to travel discounts with Choice Hotels and Avis car rentals, to discounts at local

businesses such as Burke Equipment, and many more.

Two of the newest member benefits to join are the Wilmington Blue Rocks and Gladden’s Furniture and Bedding. DEFB members are eligible to receive a $3 discount off any upper box tickets using the DEFB promotional code on the Blue

Rocks webpage, https://www.milb. com/wilmington. Contact the state office for this code. Gladden’s Furniture and Bedding, located in Harrington, offers DEFB members a 15% discount on any mattress, with proof of DEFB membership. You can find more member benefits on page 22.

For access to all DEFB member benefits, visit For more information on how to enroll your business in the DEFB member benefit program, contact the state office at (302) 697-3183 or email Jaiden Cain at Jaiden.cain@

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Photo Credit: AFBF Photo/Morgan Walker
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Why Nationwide® is championing ATV/UTV rider safety

The following information is provided by Nationwide®, the #1 farm and ranch insurer in the U.S.*

In the last three years, the powersports market — including ATVs and UTVs — has seen dramatic growth and it’s only expected to increase. Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) data projects this $37 billion U.S. industry will almost double to $69 billion in the next decade — and that’s not just for off-road hobbyists.

Many ATVs and UTVs are workhorses on U.S. farms and ranches, and their utility is growing. In some cases, these vehicles are more economical and fuel efficient and offer better performance than larger pickups or trucks. The bottom line is this: ATVs and UTVs are invaluable in assisting farmers and ranchers with a multitude of tasks.

But operating ATVs and UTVs safely requires a different skillset and greater attention to driver, operator and even passenger safety than cars and trucks designed for roadway travel. Off-highway vehicles (OHV) — often lacking the safety equipment of larger vehicles — cause more than 700 deaths and 100,000 emergency department-treated injuries each

year according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“As a protection company, we at Nationwide see these alarming trends as a call for heightened attention to safe, responsible vehicle operation,” said Dirk Pollitt, Vice President of Farm Sales & Underwriting at Nationwide. “As these increasingly powerful machines become more popular for both work and recreation, it’s the right time to raise ATV/UTV safety awareness for farmers, ranchers and their families — especially their youngest members. Young operators and riders make up a large percentage of those seriously injured on ATVs and UTVs each year in rural America.”

That’s the motivation behind Let’s Champion Rider SafetySM, the new Nationwide ATV/UTV safety program. We’re teaming up with Dale Earnhardt Jr., the ATV Safety Institute (ASI) and Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association (ROHVA) to share critical safety information for every ATV/UTV operator and promote safety training programs that can help prevent dangerous accidents.

“Our collective goal is simple,” said Pollitt. “It’s to make sure every operator knows what it takes to ride safely in the right places

so we don’t have to read another headline about a lost life or serious injury from an ATV or UTV.”

At, you can see all the latest news, information and resources, including:

• Safety rules for both ATV and UTV operation

• UTV and ATV safety with Dale Jr.

• Pillars of ATV/UTV safety for large farms and agribusinesses

• Ways to help prevent youth tragedies on ATVs and UTVs

• Tips to help champion farm ATV/UTV safety in your community

• Free ATV and UTV safety courses from ASI and ROHVA

And we encourage you to check out our Let’s Champion Rider Safety playlist on YouTube, which features a collection of Dale Jr. and youth safety videos.

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24 Delaware Farm Bureau News, May/June 2024 Protect your next Whether you’re focused on business success, family security or community prosperity, Nationwide® can help you constantly evolve to ensure a bright future. Nationwide and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. The Farm Bureau, FB and the FB National logo are trademarks of the American Farm Bureau Federation and are used with permission under license by Nationwide. © 2021 Nationwide AFC-0315DE.1 (12/21) To learn more, visit

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