Financial Assistance

The Delaware Department of Agriculture provides financial assistance for a variety of projects and activities, including:

  • Farming Assistance

    • 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).

    • Organic Cost-Share Assistance Program: The Department’s Marketing Program administers two organic cost share programs that help Delaware farmers and livestock producers with their annual organic certification expenses.

    • 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.
  • Forestry Assistance

    • 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


Last Updated: Wednesday, 24-Apr-2013 10:47:22 EDT
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