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Delaware Electric Co-op proposes rate increase

Average customer would pay an extra  $24 more a month Delaware Electric Cooperative is proposing a rate increase for its members, citing soaring natural gas prices, inflation, and other issues. "The challenges our Co-op is now facing are unprecedented," the Greenwood-based organization stated in a post on its web page. "Earlier this year, we were forced to implement a rate increase after...

3,827 farm acres preserved in latest round of state program

An additional 3,827 acres on 54 farms have been preserved. According to a release  2022 marks the 26th consecutive year of easement selections by the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Foundation. In this round, three farms in New Castle County, 26 in Kent County, and 23 in Sussex County were preserved, and two easements for forestland preservation. “Preserving Delaware’s farmland is a...

Seed gene editing start-up Napigen gets $7.86 million in early stage funding

Napigen, a start-up based near Wilmington, completed a $7.85 million seed funding round. The Grantham Foundation and RA Capital Management led the round. Breakout Labs/Thiel Foundation, Thrive SVG Ventures, MARSBIO, and the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation also participated in the financing. Napigen will use the funding to apply its mitochondrial gene editing technology for hybrid seed production in wheat and rice....

Poultry industry on heightened alert after vultures in Maryland die from avian flu

The Delaware Department of Agriculture is warning poultry growers and those with backyard birds to continue to take steps to protect their flocks after sick vultures were found dead or ill with avian flu in Harford County, MD. Harford is at the northern edge of the Delmarva-Upper Shore poultry-growing area.  It marked the region's first confirmation of HPAI in wild birds...

Delaware Electric to buy power from 7 new solar sites

Seven new utility-scale solar projects will begin providing clean energy to Delaware Electric Cooperative members over the next three years. The member-owned utility, based in Greenwood, announced it will purchase power produced from the solar sites to be built in Kent and Sussex Counties. Utility-scale solar projects produce power at competitive prices. The costs of solar panels have...

Gas price increase slows but doesn’t stop

Gas prices rose another a couple of cents a gallon over the weekend, according to figures from AAA. During the past week, the price at the pump has risen by seven cents a gallon and about a quarter a gallon over the past two weeks. Delaware's average gas prices are now six cents a gallon above the national...

Avian flu outbreak leads to cancellation of State Fair poultry exhibits

The Delaware State Fair is months away, but officials are taking no chances when it comes to bird flu and the region's $3 billion poultry industry. The Delaware Department of Agriculture, in consultation with the State Epidemiologist Office, has issued a directive for all live poultry competitions and exhibits at the 2022 Delaware State Fair to be canceled in 2022.“With the United...

Bird flu found in Kent County broiler flock

 Federal laboratory testing has confirmed a highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) case at a commercial broiler farm in Kent County, Delaware. Previously, cases had been found on the northern edge of the nation's largest broiler chicken area. This avian influenza detection follows previously announced cases on farms in New Castle County and Cecil and Queen Anne’s Counties, MD. Since...

Mountaire Selbyville employees vote out Teamsters

According to the National Labor Relations Board, as expected, Mountaire employees at the Selbyville processing plant represented by Teamsters Union Local Local 355 voted overwhelmingly to remove the union Thursday. Employees voted 140 to 29 to decertify the union. "For the first time since 1977, our Selbyville plant is union-free, and it was our hourly employees made that happen," said...

Corrected: Chemours suspends business with Russia; Will DuPont, Corteva follow?

The Chemours Company has suspended business with Russian entities in response to the "ongoing military conflict" and humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Wilmington-based Chemours was the first DuPont spin-off to announce a business suspension in Russia since their invasion of Ukraine. Chemours is a producer and developer of titanium products, specialty chemicals and refrigerants. Corteva, the combination of agricultural businesses of DuPont...

Two more cases of bird flu confirmed

Federal laboratory testing confirmed two highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) cases — one at a pullet (young hen) operation in New Castle County and one broiler flock in Queen Anne’s County, MD. It follows previously announced cases on farms in New Castle County and Cecil County, Maryland. Following these cases, federal and state partners have greatly expanded their surveillance sampling and...

Poultry flu case reported in Cecil County, MD

 Federal laboratory testing has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) on a Cecil County poultry farm. The United States Department of Agriculture  National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed a Cecil County sample tested positive for HPAI. The Maryland case comes one week after a HPAI positive test at a poultry operation in neighboring New Castle County, DE. The locaton of...

During Delaware visit Biden meets with labor leaders, speaks with Ukraine President Zelenskyy

President Joe Biden spent his second weekend in a row in Delaware as his administration deals with a response to the invasion of Ukraine. The president on Saturday spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who is calling for NATO to issue a no-fly zone as the nation battles Russian forces. Earlier in the day, Zelenkskyy spoke, via Zoom,  with members of...

Avian flu case confirmed at Delaware farm

A Delaware poultry farm is under quarantine after testing detected the presence of avian flu. Testing was done after an increase in chicken deaths. Neither the farm nor its general location was identified. Following an investigation by the Delaware Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory has confirmed poultry from the unidentified farm tested positive for...