(DE) Sen. Carper visits local farm to highlight wins for Delaware in Farm Bill

      Posted On: July 20, 2018

U.S. Senator Tom Carper (D-DE) was in Harrington Tuesday morning to highlight the passage of an amendment in the Farm Bill aimed at helping agricultural producers improve operations on their farms in Delaware.

The amendment allows farmers in the beginning stages to apply for conservation funds through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

With the new amendment in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 – more commonly known as the Farm Bill – beginning farms across the state will now be eligible for the program, like Hawkins Farms in Harrington.

Sen. Carper first visited Rob and Amanda Hawkins’ new poultry farm in March. While there, he learned that beginning farmers like the Hawkins need to spend money on temporary structures only to tear them down when they get their first flock and become eligible for the program.