Garden & Farm Briefs Fall 2019

October 28, 2019

New members and executive join Delaware Soybean Board

Two new farmers have joined the Delaware Soybean Board for terms which began Oct. 1. Both from Kent County, the new members are Kellie Blessing of Harrington and Chad Dempsey of Dover. Also representing Kent County is Brett Coverdale of Harrington. 

Representing Sussex County are Cory Atkins of Seaford, chair; Rick Dickerson of Laurel; Tim Rogers of Frankford; and Fred West of Frankford, treasurer. 

Representatives from New Castle County include Mike Clay, vice chair, and Robbie Emerson, both of Middletown.  In addition, Secretary of Agriculture Mike Scuse serves as an ex officio member of the board.

New DSB Executive Director Danielle Bauer also began service Oct. 1.

“I believe strongly in the role our checkoff programs play in the success of our farmers,” said Bauer. “We want to provide the best resources and services to our farmers, and I am thankful to have the opportunity to meet that mission every day.”

Delaware farmers plant about 180,000 acres of soybeans each year, and the crop generates approximately $60 million in value to the state. Delaware’s agricultural industry contributes about $8 billion per year to the Delaware economy.

Lewes in Bloom list of plants available online

On the Lewes in Bloom website, there is a list of plants that names all the annuals Lewes in Bloom has planted throughout the city, by location. For the free list and information on membership and support, go to or find Lewes in Bloom on Facebook.

Lewes in Bloom is a volunteer organization. It promotes the beautification and maintenance of historic Lewes and the community at large. It is dedicated to helping Lewes boost its attractiveness through efforts including historical preservation, environmental awareness, a children’s garden, floral displays and more.