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Recycling wastewater for irrigation

Jul 16, 2010

Recent rain was a welcome sight for Delaware farmers, but Larry Jester isn’t just looking to the skies for help. He's benefitting from a pilot program this summer that recycles Middletown’s wastewater to irrigate crops. Jester says the new water source makes a huge difference.

“It could help save a crop. It could definitely help save a crop,” said Jester.

The deadline to file as a candidate for public office in the 2010 Delaware election passed Tuesday.  While political parties can still nominate candidates for office until September 1, the list of who’s running for what is now largely complete. DELAWARE IN FACT has the lineup of candidates running to represent you.

Delaware 2010 Statewide Elections - Candidates

Party perspectives on Election 2010

Jul 15, 2010

The slate of candidates running for office in 2010 is mostly complete now that Delaware's candidate filing deadline has passed.  DFM News sat down with Delaware Democratic Party Chair John Daniello and the Executive Director of the Delaware Republican Party, Seth Wimer, to get their thoughts on topics such as recruiting 2010 candidates, anti-incumbent sentiment, and how the high-profile U.S. congressional races might affect the rest of the ticket. Click here to watch video excerpts. 

Candidates line up to run

Jul 15, 2010

Veteran lawmakers and political hopefuls have thrown their hats into the ring for Delaware's 2010 election, looking to have a hand in steering the state over the next few years.

Bridging gaps in community service funding

Jul 14, 2010

The effort to cut municipal budgets without compromising critical public services has taken a toll on programs that support communities' quality of life: library services, job training, help for the elderly and for children. One volunteer group, New Castle County Pride, has formed several private/public-sector partnerships to help plug the gaps in government services. The group has raised more than $100,000 in contributions and grants to fund several new local initiatives.

Closure through a closed loophole

Jul 14, 2010

LEWES—A new Delaware law will allow alleged survivors of sexual abuse from a health care provider more time to file civil cases against accused offenders.

On Tuesday, Governor Jack Markell signed into law House Bill 326, calling it a clear signal that state government "stands squarely with the victims" in these cases.

No summer vacation for Senator Kaufman

Jul 13, 2010

For a small-state junior U.S. senator who was a lame duck from the moment he took office, Delaware's Ted Kaufman (D) is wielding influence in ways many congressional veterans only could hope for.

As a state agriculture expert—and as a third-generation Delaware farmer—Donald Clifton grapples with the issue of irrigation.

Clifton, Delaware Executive Director of the USDA’s Farm Service Agency,  grows corn on his 1,000-acre farm in Milton. He has irrigated one quarter of his land and allows nature to water the rest of it.

Each year Clifton does a cost-benefit analysis to decide whether to expand his irrigation system. So far he has held off.

DELAWARE IN FACT: Droughts

Jul 9, 2010

How dry is Delaware? How does Delaware stack up against the rest of the country and historically? DELAWARE IN FACT provides the numbers.

Current condition:

  • Kent County and Sussex County are in a "moderate drought"

Crops:

  • Kent and Sussex County crops are “excessively dry"

Rain needed to end current soil-moisture drought:

  • Northern Delaware: 4.81 inches
  • Southern Delaware: 7.83 inches

Defining drought is difficult

Jul 9, 2010

As farmers struggle with drought conditions and Delaware policymakers struggle with how to support the state's agriculture economy, a key problem is how to define "drought."

DFM News talked with Professor Dan Leathers, deputy dean of the University of Delaware's College of Earth Ocean & Environment, who says the task is more difficult than you might think. 

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