News & Updates
September 2021
Important Dates
Oct. 1 - Cover Crop Planting Deadline ($50/ac.)
Oct. 8 - Turfgrass Best Management Practice Workshop
Oct. 22 - Poster Contest Deadline
Nov. 4 - Stormwater Workshop
Nov. 15 - Conservation Stewardship Award Deadline
Project Manager
Project Field Coordinator
Equipment Operator
Request for Proposal

Manual Channel Maintenance

The objective and goal for this project is to manually remove leaf litter, vegetation, woody growth, and woody deadfall that may impede the flow of water within the given channel, which is not accessible by mechanical equipment in various locations throughout Sussex County, Delaware.

Poster Contest
SCD is now accepting entries for the annual conservation poster contest from Sussex County public, charter, private or homeschooled students in grades K-12.

Posters will be judged on the 2021 theme, “Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities."

Deadline: Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.
Conservation Stewardship
Home Builder
  • 1-50 homes per year
  • 50+ homes per year

Design Team
  • Engineer
  • Surveyor
  • Other

Site Contractor
  • Residential
  • Commercial

  • Residential
  • Commercial

Homeowner Association
  • Open Space Management
  • Stormwater Management

Deadline: Monday, Nov. 15, 2021
FREE Turfgrass & Stormwater Workshops
The workshops are designed to provide technical resources to aid property owners, homeowner associations and property maintenance companies.

“Educating property owners inspires them to be better stewards of their land and shows them how their actions impact the neighborhood and watershed,” says John Emerson. 

“We encourage communities and property owners to become informed so they can identify problems early before they become costly to repair,” says Jessica Watson.
Delaware nutrient management credits are pending.
Minimizing Our Impact & Maximizing Fall Fertilizer Applications

John Emerson, Turfgrass Nutrient Management Planning Extension Agent at the University of Delaware, shares fall fertilizer tips.

Armyworm Outbreak
By Colby Yablon

Has your lawn turned color from green to brown in a matter of days? If so, your yard may be infested with armyworms. 

ICYMI (in case you missed it)
Annual Cost Share Program Approved

  • Approval letters have been mailed.
  • Call 302-856-3990, ext. 3, if you did not receive yours.

Cover Crop Incentives Increased

  • Funding cap increased to $75,000.
  • Planting deadline extended to Nov. 15.

Planting Deadlines

  • $50/ac, planted by Friday, Oct. 1, 2021
  • Self-Certify by Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
Delaware Producers Encouraged to Apply for Assistance to Improve Natural Resources

Financial and technical assistance are available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) program.

The first application cutoff deadline for fiscal year (FY) 2022 funding is October 15, 2021. Read more.
USDA to Invest $50 Million in New Cooperative Agreements for Racial Justice and Equity  

The Racial Justice and Equity Conservation Cooperative Agreements are available to entities and individuals for two-year projects that expand the delivery of conservation assistance to farmers who are beginning, limited resource, socially disadvantaged, and veteran farmers. Read more.
Pesticide Container Recycling Schedule
A Day in the Garden - Open House
 “Come one, come all, to enjoy the magnificent resurrection of the Demonstration Garden after the pandemic closed the gardens for almost two years, enjoy the pollinators circling the gorgeous fall blooms, and activities for adults and children,” welcomes master gardener, Linda Peters, co-chair of the open house committee.

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
10:00am to 2:00pm
Carvel Building, Georgetown

2022 Delmarva Soil Summit
Feb. 6 & 7, 2022

Join the crew of Extension302 as they dive into current topics affecting YOU — Topics range from agricultural sciences to nutrition, mindfulness, financial literacy and more!
Got Native Plants?
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 Management,
Billing & Administration
23818 Shortly Rd. 
Georgetown, DE 19947