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Posted: September 8 2011

Governor Markell signs Delaware Young Farmers bill at State Fair

Harrington —Gov. Jack Markell signed into law a bill creating the Delaware Young Farmers Program. Markell signed the law at the Delaware State Fair, which has been a showcase for Delaware agriculture for more than 90 years.

"Delaware is taking an important step to make sure our agriculture industry is stronger for generations to come, planting the seed for future careers in farming," Markell said.
"The young farmer program is unique and special to the state of Delaware, an investment that will benefit all of Delaware's citizens," said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee.
The program, an investment provided for in the 2012 budget, will reduce the capital investment for young people looking to set up an agribusinesses and structure an affordable repayment program for them. The land a young farmer purchases will also be permanently preserved as farmland through the Delaware AgLands Program.
The current average age of a farmer in Delaware is 57.
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