The Delaware Department of Agriculture provides financial assistance for a variety of projects and activities, including:
- The Delaware Rural Irrigation Program (DRIP) provides a no-interest loan for farmers to install irrigation on previously un-irrigated land utilizing Delaware contractors through the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO).
- The Department's Marketing section manages the Specialty Crop Block Grant to enhance the competitiveness of Delaware's specialty crop industry through research, education and/or marketing. Specialty crops are defined by law as "fruits and vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits and horticulture, and nursery crops, including floriculture."
Farmland Preservation Assistance
- The Department of Agriculture administers the Aglands Preservation Program where landowners can voluntarily sell the development rights for their farm through a permanent conservation easement.
- The Department also administers the Young Farmers Loan Program which helps young farmers acquire farmland through a long-term, no-interest loan.
Food Safety Audit Cost-Share
- SCBG USDA or Commercial Food Safety Audit Cost-Share Overview
- SCBG USDA or Commercial Food Safety Audit Cost-Share Application
- Urban Forestry Grants: The Delaware Forest Service (DFS) offers grants annually to communities and civic associations throughout the state for tree planting and tree management projects on publicly owned lands. These communities must match these grants with either nonfederal funds and/or in-kind services (volunteer time, staff time, etc.).
- Forest Landowner Cost Share Program: This Program provides cost-share assistance to landowners for a variety of forest management activities, including reforestation, prescribed fire, herbicide application, and pre-commercial thinning administered by the Delaware Forest Service, in cooperation with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Nutrient Management Assistance
- Nutrient Management Plan Cost-Share Assistance Program provides cost-shares for farmers to develop nutrient management plans to meet the regulations of Delaware's Nutrient Management law.
- Nutrient Management Relocation Program provides funding to help transport excess manure to alternative use projects or farms needing nutrients.
Delaware Urban Agriculture / Community Garden Micro-Grants
- Organizations wanting to launch or expand an urban agriculture or community garden project to benefit their neighborhood can apply for micro-grants from the Delaware Department of Agriculture.