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Nutrient Continued from page 1 be put in place and Delaware Gen- eral Assembly votes to allot mon- ey to the effort. The governor wants to use the advisory committee's recommen- dations in his State of the State ad- dress in January. The joint finance committee could then review initial aprropri- ation requests for the money to support the implementation of first-phase recommendations. Farmers could start changing the way they operate and what they do with the 600,000 tons of poultry maure produced each year in Delaware. First-phase recommendations, which would be set in place over a span of one to three years, are to obtain funding for staffing a divi- sion of nutrient management with- in the Department of Agriculture; to expand the state's cost-sharing programs and find new methods of providing financial support for poultry farmers; and to give the advisory committee approval au- thority over all recommendations affecting the farming community. Compliance and trust Charles P. "Chip" West II, chairman of the advisory commit- tee's education and awareness workgroup, explained the first- phase recommendations as "a good start on the long road to change." Working on his poultry farm near Gumboro, Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, West reflected on the pri- orities of keeping this effort vol- untary and incentive driven. "There's an old saying around here that you can lead Sussex Countians pretty near anywhere, but you cannot drive them to do a thing," West said. "We are absolutely certain that a regulatory, mandated effort would not work in Delaware. Farmers are true individuals, but they trust their own; I do believe they'll be willing to comply with what's ahead, if they know other local farmers are leading the way Crab Continued from page 1 "There have just not been enough studies to determine if there's an environmental impact," Richards said. "I think it is some- thing to keep a watch on." The small crabs scuttle rapidly from beneath rocks when dis- turbed. Richards said tautog like to eat the crabs and they can give a nasty pinch. At only two to three inches, they aren't really worth eating and Richards isn't sure if they are edi- ble or not. Not much else is known about the new kid on the block. He said using them as bait could be a way to control the species, which grows to roughly half the size of the blue crab. and the state is helping them foot the costs of compliance." West noted that the Sierra Club endorsed the committee's volun- tary compliance concept. "They he expects some help from the state, and we feel it should be forthcoming. The farmer needs to be made whole during this process. Gay- Farming will survive changes ahead By Jim Cresson that has been the West family's Rep. Charles P. West II, D- for 160 years. It is no longer a agree we can actually do a better ernment has to step up to the plate job with voluntary compliance on this issue. than we would with mandated compliance;" he said. "The governor's special assis- tant, Phil Cherry, was pleased with our recommendations, and we think the governor will be, too. We can get this job done, but the advisory committee must stay in place to keep working on the de- tails of implementation. We want to stay at the helm, and we believe the farming community wants us to stay. They trust us," West not- ed. Second-phase recommenda- tions, which would be implement- ed over a period of one to five years, are to develop a phospho- rous indexing system for state soils; evaluate alternative uses for manure; create incentive programs that would motivate farmers to meet compliance standards; and begin the education programs that will provide outreach to the farm- ing community, general public and state government. If our tax dollars can help keep Chrysler operating in Newark, and if tax money can be used to revi- talize the Port of Wilmington, then it can be used to help our farmers improve the way they operate. This [water quality issue] is a soci- etal problem, not a just farming problem. "Everyone contributes to it in some way, and if we can't help the state's biggest industry make changes, who can we help?" he continued, The advisory committee is com- posed of David W. Baker, chair- man; Theodore Bobola Jr.; Her- man W. Cook III; Stephen Coraz- za; Robert F. Garey Jr.; Henry C. Johnson III; Constance Larrimore; Barbara J. Sapp; Karl R. Smith; and West. Certification, motivation Third-phase recommendations, to be used over a span of one to 10 years, are to develop a multilevel certification program for nutrient managment; establish a local cer- tified crop advisor program that would be consistent with national standatrds; perform periodic re- views of the nutrient mass balance for state soils; and determine the viability of nutrient redistribution within Delaware and to look at ways transporting and redistribut- ing the manure can be subsidized. And throughout the entire three- phase process of implementing new management practices on the thousands of poultry farms in Delaware, the advisory committee will continue to seek an expansion of the state cost-sharing programs that can help farmers make the switch from using all their poultry manure as crop fertilizer. "The farmer will foot part of the costs, of course," West said, "but The Hemigrapsus crab has been discovered in the inland bays. Richards said the crab was first discovered by a Franklin and Mar- shall College (located in Lancast- er, Pa.) professor, John McDer- mott. McDermott was doing re- search on crabs and noticed the tiny crabs, whose scientific name of hemigrapsus sanguineus is far bigger than the crabs, and he ob- served "that crab doesn't belong here." Millsboro, stood behind the red chicken houses on his son's farm near Gumboro, the same farm where the longtime legislator was born in 1921, as he reminisced about the many changes in farm- ing during his lifetime and specu- lated about the future of farming, the state's largest industry.. Charles P. "Chip" West III has modernized the farm operation "EVERYDAY OUR COMMUNITY TEACHERS CHANGE THE FACE OF THE FUTURE." Today's students become tomorrow's community leaders. It's been that way for genera- tions. Through example and experience teachers pass on the skills our children will need to create a successful future. Teachers deserve our respect and thanks for all they do to make our community a better . place to live. ,00Gounty t Rehoboth Beach Long Neck : 947-7300 MEMBER FDIC vegetable produce and turkey farm, as it was before poultry farming became big in Sussex County back in the 1950s. Today, everything the farm produces is for the poultry industry. Cropland is planted in cam and soybeans to feed the growing birds on Delmar- ca, and four huge, modem chicken houses produce three flocks each Continued on page 12 Milford 424-2500 Seaford 628-4400 Terry Suess, Teacher of the Year, 1998