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TUESDAY, JUNE 24 - THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 GARDEN & FARM Cal Gazetlm Efforts Continued from page 23 ty action Twelve farms managed un- der an Environmental Protection Agency Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations permit ad- ministered by the Nutrient Man- agement Program. Bill Massey, director of hous- ing, Mountaire Farms Inc, dis- cussed his company's On Farm Environmental Assessments Program, which illustrates the Delmarva poultry companies' commitment to environmental stewardship. Magsey said, "The ultimate goal of our program is to offer continued stewardship of the environment. Mountaire-has completed environmental as- sessments on all of their farms, but we all know that this is a con- tinuing process for the present and the future." For over 30 years the Universi- ty of Delaware (UD) has con- ducted basic and applied re- search about nutrient manage- ment Over the past 10 years, UD has worked extensively with the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission and its partners to implement research-based rec- ommendations for Delaware agriculture. Jan Seitz, associate dean for extension and outreach for the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of UD's Cooperative Extension, said, "We are pleased to continue working with the Department of ' Agriculture and DNREC to con- duct research and demonstration projects, provide technical rec- ommendations and conduct nu- trient management training pro- rams." William Saytor, PhD, profes- sor of poultry nutrition at the University of Delaware, dis- cussed research conducted by the university and others to modify poultry diets to reduce the amount of phosphorus in poultry litter. Phytase is an en- zyme that helps chickens utilize more of the indigestible phos- phorus in grains, and thefore decrease the amount of supple- mental phosphorus .that must be added to the feed. Saylor said, "Phytase use has been embraced by the poultry in- dustry in Delaware and on the Delmarva Peninsula and is in- cluded in the feeds of nearly all, if not all, of the broilers reared here." The reductions result in thousands of tons of phospho- rous removed from broiler feeds with corresponding reductions in poultry litter. Dave Hansen, PhD, associate professor of soil and environ- mental quality, extension nutri- ent management specialist, and the Ag Program Leader for Uni- versity of Delaware Cooperative Extension, provided an update on the status of UD's involve- ment in nutrient management training; education and certifica- tion. Hansen said, "Since 2001, more than 2,600 individuals have attended nutrient management certification classes. Maintain- ing certification requires contin- uing education and since Febru- ary 2004, Cooperative Extension has been an integral part of more than 260 different continuing ed- ucation programs offering more than 700 credits. Our field re- search and demonstration proj- ects, which are an important part of the education effort, have in- cluded sites on more than 150 farmers' fields in the past five years." Tom Sims, PhD, associate dean for academic programs and research and a professor of soil and environmental chemistry, gave an overview of a recent re- port, "Nutrient Mass Balances for the State of Delaware 1996 to 2006" submitted to the Delaware Nutrient Management Commis- sion by researchers at the univer- sities of Delaware, Maryland and Florida. The report documents how efforts to improved agricul- ' rural nutrient management, par- ticularly since the passage of the 1999 Delaware Nutrient Manage- ment Act, have affected statewide and county-level mass balances of nitrogen and phos- phorous. Sims said, "The report notes that although nutrient sur- Summer is here and we're better than ever! BTMeet the reasons you should be letting... ...take care of your hair, tanning & nail needs. ! O__r I W, th,i,,d .Our Master stylist to wekome our with the international Jerk/Girl b,ckground Terri Robert ...the owner with the NY Edge...! Midway Shopping Center pluses have existed in Delaware and continue today, surpluses have decreased over the past 11 years. These trends suggest that nutrient management programs are reducing nutrient surpluses which should lead to lower nitro- gen and phosphorous losses to air and water. Continued efforts to improve nutrient management are essential to future success." Hosting the meeting was the Clark family, which owns and op- erates Woodsedge Farm near Kenton. Bill provides protection for egg-laying hens DelaWare's House Agriculture Committee recently held a hearing on a measure prohibiting one of the most abusive practices in factory farming:, confining eggqaying hens in tiny battery cages so small the birds can't spread their wings. The bill, H.B. 95, would provide the most basic protection for the state's egg-laying hens: enough room merely to spread their wings. The Humane Society of the United States urged the committee to ap- prove the important measure. Society factory farming campaign communications director Erin Williams provided testimony at the heartr US. factory farms confme approximately 280 million hens in bar- ren battery cages that are so small, the birds can't even spread their wings. Each bird has less space than a single sheet of paper on which to live for more than a year before it is slaughtered. Bethany Beach Farmers' Market PNCBank Parking Lot Bethany Beach Sundays 8 a.m.--Noon June 29--August 31 > Delaware State University Farmers' Market DSU Administration Parking Lot Dover Saturdays 10 a.m.--2 p.m. May 17---October 4 Milford Farmers' Market North Walnut Street @ Riverwalk Park Milford Saturdays 9 a.m.--1 p.m. April 26-.-September 27 Little Italy Farmers' Market 7th Street & Bancroft Parkway Wilmington Saturdays 8 a.m.--Noon May 17--September 27 Fenwick Island Farmers ' Market Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Com- merce Parking Lot Fenwick Island Fridays 8 a.m.--Noon June 27wAugust 29 Rehoboth Beach Farmers'Market Grove Park Rehoboth Beach Tuesdays Noon'-4 p.m. June 3--October 14 Historic Lewes Farmers' Market Lewes Historical Society Lewes Saturdays 8 a.m.Noon June 7--September 13 grdmington Farmers ' Market Rodney Square Wilmington Wednesdays 10 a.m.--2 p.m. May 14--October 29