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Camden, DE (Jan. 22, 2015) — The 44th Annual Delaware Agricultural Industry Dinner sponsored by the Delaware Council of Farm Organizations was held January 21st despite snow accumulation and cold weather.  Delaware elected and appointed officials, farmers, state and federal employees and Ag industry workers alike, enjoyed dinner and fellowship at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE.
Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Kee, honored Robin Talley, longtime program technician from the federal Farm Service Agency, and Schiff Farms, a Harrington-based family agricultural enterprise, with the 2015 Secretary’s Awards for Distinguished Service to Agriculture.
The night culminated with the Farm Vehicle Tag Auction with proceeds benefitting the Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation’s Mobile Agricultural Education Lab.  Delaware Farm Bureau President, Katherine ‘Kitty’ Holtz, explained the importance of the Mobile Ag Lab for children across the state of Delaware: “Over 1,300 children were reached in 2014, more than 20 days on the road visiting summer camps and a stop at the Boys and Girls Club National Day for Kids. We have a goal of raising $100,000 in order to purchase appropriate supplies and a truck to pull the Mobile Ag Lab, ensuring even more kids have a chance to learn about farming and where their food comes from.”
Representative David Wilson lent his auctioneer abilities for the much anticipated auction of Farm Vehicle Tag numbers one and three, which ultimately raised a total of $9,500.  Farm Vehicle Tag number 1 was purchased by Christopher Lester for $7,300, and Richard Bergold held the winning bid of $2,200 for Farm Vehicle Tag number 3.
Delaware Farm Bureau Executive Director Pam Bakerian was elated at the amount raised for the Mobile Ag Lab. “To have hard working individuals like Chris Lester and Richard Bergold support us in our endeavor to educate children about agriculture is beyond wonderful.  We are teaching kids that they too can grow up to be farmers and feed the world, just like those who have supported this project from the beginning; it really brings it full circle.”
The success of the Ag Lab Program would not have been possible without the support of Secretary of Agriculture, Ed Kee, and Jennifer Cohan, Delaware’s DMV Director.  Delaware Department of Agriculture and Sec. Kee donated the trailer currently used for the “Ag Lab,” while Ms. Cohan graciously allowed the Delaware Farm Bureau to auction Farm Vehicle tags 1-10, with all proceeds benefiting the Mobile Agricultural Education Lab, affectionately nicknamed the ‘Ag Lab.’ A total of $22,500 has been raised to date for the Ag Lab; an announcement will be coming soon with plans for the sale of Farm Vehicle tags 5-10.
The Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation will use the money raised to expand its agriculture education program in 2015 by visiting even more summer camps, schools and possibly even public events. The Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation aims to build awareness, understanding and positive public perception about Delaware’s farm operations and fresh local food.
If you’re interested in making a donation to the Ag Lab Project, please make checks payable to: The Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation, 3457 S. DuPont Highway, Camden DE 19934 or contact

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