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cape (00a00eue GARDEN & FARM TUESDAY, MARCH 10- THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2009 23 Agriculture census shows changes in Delaware farming styles Delaware Agricultural Secre- tary Ed Kee and Delaware's Agfi'- cultural Statistician Chris Cad- wallader released the vital statis- tics of Delaware's more than $1 billion agricultural industry as part of the simultaneous nation- wide release of the 2007 Census of Agriculture data. The Census of Agriculture, a process that dates back to 1840, is the most comprehensive source of statis- tics portraying the nation's and the state's agriculture. Informa- tion on the Delaware Census of Agriculture facts can be ob- tained by calling the Delaware Agricultural Statistics Service at 302-698-4537 or 800-282-8685 (Delaware only). "i want to personally thank each and every farmer that took the time to complete their cen- sus forms so we can know the status of Delaware's No. 1 indus- try- agriculture," said Kee. "To- day's information shows that we still have a strong, viable indus- try in Delaware that generates dollars that stay in Delaware. Agriculture is truly a strong eco- nomic engine, espec'mlly in these bleak economic times. Agricul- ture is one of the positive spots in our total economy." The 2007 census shows what Delaware's agricultural base is and how it is changing, how many farms and farm operators there are, what kinds of corn- modifies farmers are producing, as well as such things as the farmers' investment in irrigation systems and equipment. Farm- ers will use the national and state information to implement better marketing decisions for their products. The information re- leased will enable the general public and policy makers at all levels of government to better understand the importance of agriculture to the economy and quality of life. Garden center lists upcoming events East Coast Garden Center will host an amateur orchid and houseplant show from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 14. Regis- tration is required. Prizes will be given for best-orchid and best houseplant. Dr. Joseph Schanno will teach a hands-on bonsai course at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 21. Pots and plants will be available for a fee, and class is limited to 15 peo- pie. Basic Landscaping and All About Shade Gardening will be- gin at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 28, with A1 Manni as instructor. He will provide tips for garden de- sign and explain which plants are suitable for shade gardening. Call 945-3489 to register for all events; East Coast Garden Cen- ter is located On Cordrey Road off Route 24, Millsboro.