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There’s a new study that found that there are more than 120 regulations that must be followed by soybean producers in Delaware.

The Delaware Soybean Board authorized the study.

And Chairman Jay Baxter a farmer himself told WBOC that the local farmers needed to be educated about the many rules.

He adds that some of the regulations may not be necessary.

Delaware Agriculture Secretary Michael Scuse told the television station that the regulations were there to protect the agriculture industry and not to burden the farmers.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue dropped by the Delaware State Fair yesterday.

The former Georgia Governor toured the fairgrounds and stopped at the 4-H and FFA exhibits

WBOC reports that Perdue took time to criticize government regulations saying they made farming more difficult.

The Delaware Farm Bureau also brought up the issue of over regulation with its president Kitty Holtz saying that the regulations need to be “cleaned up”.

Sonny Perdue is no relation to the Perdue Farm family.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Terry McAuliffe is touting a new study that says Virginia's forestry and agriculture industries have grown by 30 percent since 2013.

McAuliffe on Tuesday touted the newly released study, which said the two industries contribute $91 billion each year to the state.

Jobs in agriculture and forestry have increased by 7 percent.

The study was commissioned by the state and led by a regional economist with the University of Virginia.

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ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (AP) - Howard County officials are beginning a study to evaluate methods to control the tick population in the county.

Officials said in a statement that the study has never been done before in Maryland and is part of a larger project of the United States Department of Agriculture. Officials say the study will test the effectiveness of three tick control measures used alone and in combination.

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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - A Maryland state agency is promoting fresh ideas in agriculture during a one-day conference in Stevensville.

Thursday's Grow Maryland Summit is sponsored by the Rural Maryland Council, a state rural development agency.

The meeting is about value-added agriculture. That's an umbrella term covering on-farm production of everything from wine to wood chips. It includes meat and vegetable production, cheesemaking, agri-tourism and horse-riding stables.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia has started awarding new business development grants to farmers.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office announced Tuesday that the state had given two $5,000 grants to two farms.

The new grants are designed to help farmers manage risk and broaden income sources. The state plans to award 30 grants a year for activities like business restructuring, farm succession planning, feasibility studies, marketing plans, website design, and recipe development.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is ramping up efforts to promote its agriculture and forestry products worldwide.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says the state will open two new trade representative offices in Singapore and Dubai.

The state is also hiring a new Richmond-based staff member who will oversee the expanded trade effort. The state is spending $850,000 over the next two fiscal years on the initiative.

Virginia currently has representative offices in Canada, Latin America, Europe, India and China.

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Shareholders will get their say in the proposed merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont next month.

There will be separate votes on July 20th.

DuPont will hold its meeting at the company’s Chestnut Run Plaza headquarters.

Dow’s will take place at its headquarters in Midland, Michigan.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the $130 billion merger will bring together businesses ranging from agriculture and electronics to nutrition, health and plastics.

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The Dow-DuPont merger is being challenged by three agricultural advocacy groups over potential anti-trust violations.

The American Antitrust Institute, Food and Water Watch and the National Farmers Union sent a letter to the U.S Attorney General’s Office.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that they say that the merger would result in a consolidation of any already shrinking industry.

They argued that it could result in higher prices and a reduction in choices for farmers and consumers.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - It's National Dairy Month, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture is highlighting the industry in the state.

Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder says dairy farming is a vital part of Maryland's agriculture. It generates about 10 percent of all farm cash receipts.

Dairy is a $1.1 billion business in the state. A 2013 University of Maryland study found that about 4,255 residents are employed in the dairy sector.

The state health department says there are 443 dairy farms in Maryland.

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