The Delaware Department of Agriculture provides a wide range of educational programs for both students and adults to improve the public's understanding and appreciation of agriculture.
Student and Teachers
The Department of Agriculture offers multiple programs ranging from classroom activities to outdoor gardens, to help foster and increase agricultural literacy for Delaware's students. These programs include:
- Delaware Agriculture in the Classroom
- Project Food Land & People
- Envelop Your School in Agriculture
The Forest Service provides several educational opportunities to help students learn more Delaware's forest and related resources. These programs include:
- Smokey Bear (Wildlife Prevention)
- Arbor Day
- Project Learning Tree
- Education Centers (Blackbird and Redden State Forests)
Nutrient Management Education Program will help individuals either become certified under Delaware's Nutrient Management Program or maintain their certification. The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension offers a variety of educational programs.
The Food Products Inspection Section offers training on the Fundamentals of Meat and Poultry Processing to commercial food processors and preparers.
The Delaware Forest Service works with the Delaware Fire School, local fire companies, and the United States Forest Service to train Delaware firefighters in Wildland Fire Suppression Techniques, including a two-day training camp every spring. All firefighters mobilized on the national level must be qualified by the National Wildlife Coordinating Group (NWCG).
A series of beekeeper courses are presented annually by the State Apiarist, the Delaware Beekeepers Association, the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension (UD), and Delaware State University (DSU). These courses teach beekeeping skills from the beginner to advanced levels.
Exotic Animals: Poultry and Animal Health staff are available to answer questions about ownership and breeding of exotic animals.
Spay/Neuter Program: The Department's Spay/Neuter Coordinator is available to answer questions about whether your pets may be eligible for low-cost spay/neuter procedures.
Delaware Animal Response Program: The Delaware Animal Response Program (DAR) Coordinator is available to answer questions about how to prepare you and your pet(s) for unexpected emergencies such as flooding, hurricanes, and power outages.