News & Updates

June 2022



June 13 • Cost Share Sign Up Begins

June 20 • Juneteenth (SCD Closed)

July 4 • Independence Day (SCD Closed)

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Welcome Aboard!

A few new faces have joined the SCD team. Pictured, from left, Liam Thompson, records specialist; Rachel Driscoll, compliance inspector; Jackie Waller, conservation planner; Beth Johnson, conservation planner; and Chana Milligan, receptionist. 

Cost Share Reminders

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Cost Share Sign Up

June 13 - July 29, 2022

FY 23 Cover Crop Fact Sheet [pdf]

*NEW* Funding rate increase, $75,000 funding cap

3921 Tax Ditch 

Eligibility: To be eligible for cost-share application approval, audited financials, and financials to be audited by DNREC, must be submitted to DNREC Drainage Section prior to June 30, 2022.   

Don't forget to obtain estimates from contractors for the scope of work and submit invoices for expiring funds.

Weed Wiper Bar: Serving Kent and Sussex! The treatment window is seasonal, contact SCDs Equipment program to learn more.

Delaware Soil Health Partnership

Since 2014, the Delaware Soil Health Partnership (DSHP) has been hosting workshops, field days and other events focused on soil health management and local research. Now, the DSHP has a new website where farmers and conservation partners can find information about upcoming events, locally-relevant soil health research, recorded presentations from past events, and links to additional resources from around the region. Users can also join a mailing list to receive notifications when new events are added.

DSHP is a collaborative effort between Delaware's Conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Department of Agriculture and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.

Visit to learn more.


Soil Your Undies... the name of science, and soil health!

We've asked farmers across the county to add a new crop to the rotation, tighty-whities!

In mid-May, a dozen pairs of underwear were planted across western Sussex County; we'll unearth them in 60 days to see what's left. 

This experiment tests soil health in various production systems, from no-till to conventional tillage, and everything in between. Healthy soils are full of microbes that can devour organic matter (100% cotton underwear) in as little as 60 days!

Directions: How to Soil Your Undies

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Delmarva Poultry Growers

Vegetative Buffers

Demo Day

🗓 June 10

🕚 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

✔ Nutrient Management

CEUs available

Register Now

2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook

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Pollinator Week

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2022 Young Environmentalist

of the Year

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control honors young Delawareans each year who have put their passions into projects that benefit our environment. Young Environmentalist of the Year Award winners are honored in a special ceremony at the Delaware State Fair.

Nominations for the 2022 awards will be accepted through Thursday, June 30, 2022.

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Pesticide Container Recycling

The Delaware Department of Agriculture Pesticide Section, in cooperation with the Ag Container Recycling Council (ACRC), provides an empty pesticide container recycling program in the State of Delaware.

HDPE pesticide containers are collected at the Sussex Conservation District, maintenance yard on Shortly Rd, Georgetown, Delaware. If growers or commercial applicators have large quantities of containers to recycle (greater than 100), on-site pickup by the Department can be arranged.

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2022 Census of Agriculture

June 30, 2022 is the last day to sign up for the 2022 Ag Census. If you have never received a census and are new to NASS surveys, sign up to be counted today. You do not need to sign up if you already receive NASS surveys.

Key Dates:

June 30, 2022 – sign up ends

• November 2022 – census mails out

• February 2023 – response deadline

• Spring/summer 2024 – data release

The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year. The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures. For America’s farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity.

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