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Delaware promotes produce
NEWARK, Del. - Delaware
farmers and others involved in
promotiong the state’s produce
and nursery industries stepped up
their marketing efforts this fall by
participating in the trade fair
which accompanied the three-day
annual meeting of the national
Produce Marketing Association in
This is the first time Delaware
has had a booth at the trade fair
and, according to University of
Delaware extension vegetable
specialist Ed Kee, the effort was a
great success. Only two other
northeastern states (New York
and Maine) were represented.
Trade show exhibits had ex
posure to 3,500 people representing
all aspects of the produce industry
-growers, retailers, wholesalers,
brokers, importers and exporters,
plus representatives of the food
service industry-making this an
excellent opportunity to promote
Delaware-grown fruits, vegetables
and nursery crops. Kee says the
booth was in a prime location and
attracted many potential buyers.
The booth was sponsored by the
Delaware Department of
Cooperative Extension Service,
local growers associations plus a
number of individual farmers and
“Since this year’s PMA meeting
BY JANE BRESEE
WYSOX - The Bradford County
DHIA closed its 71st year with two
separate meetings on Nov. 14, and
15, at the Wysox Fire Hall and at
the Troy Vets Club.
William and Janet Brown,
Rome, finished at the top of the list
again as their 30.9 Browncroft
Holsteins averaged 22,465 pounds
of milk, with 837 pounds of fat and
727 pounds of protein.
Carl McClelland of Columbia
Cross Roads, received an honorary
plaque for having the lowest
somatic cell count of 101,000.
Jasper Smith, executive
secretary and treasurer of the
county organization, was honored
for 40 years of service with a gift
certificate for a lounge chair.
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was held right in our own
backyard, we thought it would be a
good idea to participate in the
trade show,’’ Kee says.
Kee and Bill Sammons,
marketing specialist for the
Delaware Department of
Agriculture, took turns
masquerading as “Walter Melon”-
-complete with official name tag
in a costume provided by the Mar-
Del Watermelon Asociation. Miss
Delaware (Nancy Ball of Lewes)
distributed stickers and
promotional literature. Secretary
of agriculture Don Lynch was also
on hand to help out, and several
Delaware growers and
agribusiness reps took turns
manning the booth.
Five grower groups contributed
money to the promotional effort:
Delaware Direct Marketing
Association, Mar-Del Watermelon
Association, Delaware Vegetable
Growers Association, Delaware
Nurserymen’s Association, and
Delaware Apple Commission. In
addition, the following farmers
and agribusiness representatives
provided funds: Joseph Jackewicz
Farms, Papen Farms, 1 Laurel
Auction Market, Delaware
Produce Growers, Inc., Jim Willis,
Inc., W.T. Derrickson, W.W.
Produce, and Thomas Moore, Inc.
Kee says the program which
accompanied the trade show in-
Browncroft Holsteins highest in Bradford County
Smith recalled that when he first
started as a tester he received $2
from the smallest herd and $8 from
the largest. Those were the days
when a haircut cost 35 cents and an
eye exam was $2.
Smith serves as treasurer for
organizations and is also a full
time Methodist minister.
Steward Rosengrant, a super
visor of Wysox, was also honored
for 35 years of service with the gift
of a coat.
Honorary Dairyman Award was
given to Orville Yoder, recently
retired Cooperative Extension
agent, who worked as advisor to
the DHIA for 23 years.
Program speaker for the
Western DHIA banquet was Dieter
Krieg, editor of “Farmshine.” Ms.
Carmel Sirianni, State
"Walter Melon" and Miss Delaware stand by to greet visitors to Delaware booth at
recent meeting of the National Produce Marketing Association in Washington, D.C.
Booth was sponsored by Delaware Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension
Service, grower associations and individual farmers.
eluded several timely seminars on which affect the industry. About 25 Washington by bus one day to visit
produce marketing and factors Delaware growers traveled to the trade show and conference.
Representative, spoke at the tne year with 303 herds on test, plus Officers of the Bradford County
Eastern meeting. She was the 47 Owner/Sampler herds which DHIA are: president, John Wilcox;
sponsor of the bill to supplement are not included in the report. The vice-president, Annette Schucker;
the Milk Security Fund to benefit average number of cows was 17,433 executive secretary-treasurer,
dairymen affected by the Shepp’s with an average production of Jasper Smith; and Robert
bankruptcy. 14,956 pounds of milk and 564 Thompson, board secretary. Brent
Bradford County DHIA closed pounds of butterfat. Skinner of Troy, is manager.
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