Angela Byrd

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says Chesapeake Bay restoration projects will receive more than $18 million in funding.

The grant funding was announced Wednesday by Virginia's U.S. senators, Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

The funding is through the USDA regional conservation partnership program.

The largest grant involves $7 million to reward agricultural producers who implement conservation practices to limit farm runoff from dairy and livestock operations. The grant also involves West Virginia producers.

Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A new census of American agriculture shows that the number of farms in Delaware has declined over the past five years, while the value of crops and livestock they produce has increased.

A report released Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed that the number of farms in Delaware declined from 2,546 in 2007 to 2,457 in 2012.

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HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Fair organizers are blaming heat and the entertainment lineup for an attendance drop-off of about 10 percent this year.

Organizers announced Wednesday that 228,000 people attended the 10-day fair this year. That's down from 259,000 last year and officials say the carnival gross was down less than 2 percent.