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