News & Updates
December 2021
Important Dates
Dec. 21 Winter Begins
Dec. 24 SCD Closed
Dec. 31 SCD Closed
Jan. 18 Caffeine & Cover Crops with Jeremiah Durbin
SCD 'Crabs & Conservation' featured
SCD was recently featured in The National Association of Conservation Districts 'Diamonds Out of the Dust' newsletter highlighting 75 years of conservation district success stories. Held in 2019, the Crabs and Conservation Luncheon gave local partners and producers a chance to network. District officials partnered with representatives from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to host the event and bring together local and state agencies and farmers. Attendees dined on Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs while discussing soil conservation and health.
Holiday Service Project
Every year SCD makes the holidays brighter for those in need. In 2021, we raised over $1,000 to benefit the Division of Family Services Adopt-A-Family campaign. Seven children will be grinning from ear to ear on Christmas morning.
SCD Year in Review
Cooperators
In 2021 we launched our cooperator page to highlight the people, businesses and municipalities that are preserving and protecting natural resources throughout Sussex County.
Conservation Stewardship Awards
SCD would like to thank every organization that submitted an entry and for their dedication to preserving sensitive natural resources in Sussex County. The decision was not easy but a panel of judges reviewed 14 exceptional entries and the winners are:

Developer • Residential • Marsh Farms LLC
Home Builder • 1-50 • Jim Parker Builders, Inc.
Home Builder • 51+ • DR Horton, Inc.
Homeowner Association • Open Space • Meadows of Beaver Creek POA
Homeowner Association • Stormwater • Tributaries LLC
Site Contractor • Commercial • Corrado Construction Company
Site Contractor • Residential • Christiana Excavating Company

We look forward to formally recognizing winners soon!
We 💚 Cover Crops
This year we set a goal of 75,000 acres of cover crops in Sussex County. We're thrilled to announce that 81,801 acres were planted!

While it might not look like much, this field of cover crops will combat soil erosion, increase organic matter, reduce compaction and suppress weeds all while holding nutrients in place for the next cash crop. In addition, cover crops provide food and habitat for wildlife, beneficial insects and pollinators.
Over $540,000 available for cover crops.
Over $540,000 is available to plant cover crops in the Delaware Bay and Inland Bays watersheds of Sussex County, over the next two years.

RCPP applications are accepted year-round; however, the first application deadline is Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. All applications received by the deadline will be ranked and considered for funding in Spring 2022.

Education & Resources
From farmer panel discussions, conservation education, HOA and homeowner resources, SCD hosted or partnered with organizations and subject matter experts in a variety of ways.
Ditch the heavy work. We'll do it for you.
SCDs equipment program grew to meet the needs of our community.

From restoration work, tax ditch maintenance, private land management, and other services we can help you solve simple or complex problems that require heavy equipment and environmentally friendly practices.

We serve Kent and Sussex County!
Developers & Contractors
Out-of-stock materials, supply chain issues and shipping delays are impacting preconstruction meetings. Preconstruction meetings may be delayed if integral stormwater structures, including pipes, are not onsite.
Delaware's winter ban on manure and fertilizer application begins after December 7, 2021, and will end on February 15, 2022. Application outside of those dates is prohibited on the frozen or snow-covered ground.
Delaware Agriculture Week and Month
January 10 to January 27, 2022!

A mixture of live, hybrid and virtual gatherings with local and national industry experts will explore the latest innovations in agriculture. Earn credits for pest management, nutrient management, and Certified Crop Advising. Sessions include agronomy, fruits and vegetables, woodland management, animal science, risk management, and more.

The 2022 Delmarva Soil Summit will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD with two options to attend either in-person or virtually.

Feb. 7 & 8, 2022

Our
Mission
To serve Sussex County
by providing technical
guidance and financial
assistance to enhance,
maintain, protect, and
improve land and
water resources.
Agricultural Conservation
21315 Berlin Road, Unit 4
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-3990 ext.3
Equipment, Stormwater,
Billing & Administration
23818 Shortly Rd. 
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-2105