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July/August 2015 Formerly the "Leader"

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<ul><li><p>Dela</p><p>ware Farm</p><p> Bureau</p><p>3457 S. D</p><p>upont H</p><p>ighw</p><p>ayCa</p><p>mden, DE 19934 INSIDE</p><p>Children and ATV Safety ..................................2</p><p>Delaware Legislative Update ..........................3</p><p>Scenes from the Delaware State Fair ...........4</p><p>Farm Bureau Buyers Guide Now Live .........6</p><p>Foundation Celebrates New Ag Lab Truck ........................................7</p><p>Farm Bureau Awards Scholarship Money ......................................8</p><p>Vol. 22 , No. 4 JULY/AUGUST 2015Delaware</p><p>Farm Bureau NewsLocal Farmers Feeding Your Family</p><p>DFB Plants Seeds of Ag Education at the Delaware State Fair </p><p>This years Delaware State Fair saw beautiful weather, a break from what most exhibitors would tell you are usu-ally the hottest ten days of the year. The 96th Annual Delaware State Fair ran July 23rd-August 1st this year and saw its second best 10-day attendance in history with more than 311,000 fairgo-ers. This years theme Find Your Fun offered families a nice balance of enter-tainment, agricultural displays, animals and events. The new agricultural exhib-its provided by the FFA plus the animal Birthing Center and Antique Machinery Showcase were well received by the pub-lic and taught children about agricultural practices here in Delaware. The Farm Bureau Food Booth saw </p><p>yet another increase in sales this year and hand-spun a record number of milk-shakes! The Food Booth Committee members were very thankful for the fa-miliar faces back this year to assist in cooking, serving and cleaning through-out the fair. This year the Porter Gang 4-H Club, Lake Forest FFA, Cape FFA, State FFA Officers &amp; Advisors, New Ho-rizons 4-H Club, Sussex Central FFA, New Castle County Sheep Club, Dover FFA, Houston Cardinals 4-H Club, Sus-</p><p>sex 4-H Leaders and Seaford FFA each took their turn serving up Farm Bureau favorites to fairgoers. In exchange for their time, a portion of the proceeds from the day will be donated back to the re-spective club or chapter. A portion of the overall proceeds from the Farm Bureau Food Booth are donated to the Womens Committee Scholarship Fund. Each year in the early spring, scholarship winners are chosen from a pool of applicants based on criteria set by the Farm Bureau. The Livestock Extravaganza, as al-</p><p>ways, pulled huge crowds as family and friends watched their loved ones compete for high honors. Mindy and Madison Cook, sisters from Newark, Delaware and Farm Bureau Members, werent strangers to the spotlight; Min-dy took home Grand Champion Market Hog with her sister Madison not far be-hind winning Reserve. Mindy exhibited the Grand Champion Market Goat and Madison won Grand Champion Lamb along with the Samuel Sammy W. Tatman III Memorial Plaque. Madison </p><p>was the Swine Showmanship Winner and went on to compete in the final and most coveted event of the evening: selec-tion of the Overall Showman. Kelsey Johnson of Greenwood, Del., the sheep showmanship winner, beef showman-ship winner, Taylor Ebert, of Camden, Del., and John Tyler Martin, the top goat showman also competed, showing differ-ent species, some they were not familiar with. Madison shined and was ultimate-ly named the Overall Showman of the 2015 Delaware State Fair, an honor her sister has held the last four years. The Cook Sisters once again prove livestock showing is truly a family affair, and that anything worth doing- is worth doing well!The 2015 Livestock Auction saw a </p><p>total of 138 animals and raised $200, 702.50, less than $350 short of last years record. The average sale was $1,454.36. As always, State Representative Dave Wilson lent his auctioneer skills to the event urging bidders to support the hard work of the kids who raise and work with these animals year-round. Delaware Farm Bureau, County Farm Bureaus and the Young Farmers &amp; Ranchers all sup-ported the Livestock Auction, purchas-ing animals and donating proceeds to FFA and the 4-H. In addition to supporting Livestock </p><p>Competition, the Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation added a new exhibit to the Delaware State Fair with their classroom on wheels; The Mobile Ag Lab which visits childrens summer camps at Boys and Girls Clubs and child development centers throughout Delaware. This year, sponsored by M &amp; T Bank, the Ag Lab engaged with children and adults alike all ten days of the fair to teach them how to grow their own vegetable plants, which they then took home to grow on their own. Visitors to the Ag Lab also had their Delaware Agriculture knowledge tested for the chance to win prizes.The Agriculture Commodities Build-</p><p>ing hosted the Delaware Farm Bureau booth where they promoted member-ship, and fair attendees were informed of the many benefits of joining the Farm </p><p> Jamie Taraila stands with her Market Lamb during the Livestock Auction at the State Fair. </p><p>DELAWARE FAIR, continued on 5</p></li><li><p>DELAWARE FARM BUREAU LEADER2 July/August 2015</p><p> September September 4th Youth Ambassador Applications Due </p><p>September 7th Labor day Offices closed September 28th Kent County Farm Bureau Banquet Felton Fire Hall, Felton, DE </p><p>October </p><p>October 3rd Sussex County Farm Bureau Banquet Bridgeville Fire Hall, Bridgeville, DE </p><p>October 12th Office Closed October 12th New Castle County Farm Bureau Banquet Townsend Fire Hall, Townsend, DE </p><p>Calendar of Events Keep up with the Delaware Farm Bureau </p><p>Help Young Riders Avoid Injury By: Margie ChaseSponsor Relations </p><p>Nationwide Insurance</p><p>Simple Steps to Reduce Risk of ATV Injury or Death All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are frequently used on the farm </p><p>or ranch to haul supplies or get to the field, but ATVs often serve another purpose: recreation. Unfortunately, children are frequently victims of accidents on ATVs. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, four out of every 10 people treated each year in emergency rooms for ATV inju-ries are under age 16. Its important to know that liability for off-premises recre-</p><p>ational use of an ATV is not covered by most farm policies. So if you or your family ride your ATV(s) off your property, you may not have coverage. Make sure your agent is aware of how you use these vehicles, so he or she can ensure the proper coverage is in place. The AgriChoice policy from Nationwide Agribusiness can be en-dorsed to provide liability coverage for off-premises recreational use of an ATV. With-out that endorsement, most policies limit coverage to on-premises use. Must-know Rules for Riding Parents should determine each family members readiness to operate an ATV based </p><p>on physical size, coordination, balance, ability to judge distances, willingness to follow rules, and peripheral vision. </p><p>Its important all family members know and follow necessary precautions every time ATVs are used for work or for play. Here are the ATV Safety Institutes Golden Rules: Always wear a helmet and other protective gear. Never ride on public roads. Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Never carry a passenger on a single-rider vehicle. Ride an ATV thats right for your age. General guidelines are: Age 6 and older Under 70cc Age 12 and older 70cc to 90cc Age 16 and older Over 90cc Supervise riders younger than 16 ATVs are not toys. Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed. Take a hands-on safety training course. Nationwide offers several all-terrain vehicle (ATV) insurance coverage options to </p><p>protect you, your ride and others. Farm Bureau members are eligible for up to a 5% discount on ATV insurance. Other discounts may be available such as multi-vehicle, multi-policy and safety course completion. For information about protecting your ATV, contact a local Nationwide agent or visit www.nationwide.com/dfb. </p><p>Now Accepting Applications for the 2015-2016 State </p><p>Youth AmbassadorDelaware Farm Bureau is currently accepting applications for our 2015-2016 State </p><p>Youth Ambassador. In order to qualify, the applicants family must be Farm Bureau members in good standing with dues paid for the current year and must be Delaware residents for at least one year prior to the contest. The applicant must also be between the ages of 17 and 21. The winner should be available to represent the Farm Bureau at the following func-</p><p>tions: Ag Industry Dinner, Delaware State Fair Food and Promotional Booths, Farm Bureau Annual Meeting &amp; Banquet, and should attend Young Farmers &amp; Ranchers and/or Womens Committee meetings when available. Applications may be obtained by visiting www.defb.org or by calling the office at </p><p>(302) 697-3183. All applications must be emailed to jan.cartanza@defb.org or turned in and or post marked by Friday, September 4th to Jan Cartanza at the Delaware Farm Bureau State Office 3457 S. DuPont Highway Camden, DE 19934. </p><p>State Youth Ambassador Mindy Cook receives recognition and scholarship monies from Delaware Farm Bureau President, Kitty Holtz at the Annual Banquet in 2014. This years Youth Ambassador applications must be submitted by September 4, 2015.</p></li><li><p>DELAWARE FARM BUREAU LEADER 3July/August 2015</p><p>Delaware Farm BureauLeader</p><p>EditorCaroline Foltz 302-697-3183caroline.foltz@defb.org</p><p>Farm Bureau Leader (ISSN 1077-0798), published in Camden, DE, bimonthly, by Delaware Farm Bureau. Production by Susquehanna Printing. Periodicals postage paid by Camden, DE and additional offices.</p><p>Business and Editorial Offices:3457 S. Dupont Highway, Camden, DE 19934, 302-697-3183.</p><p>Any editorial material my be reproduced with credit to this publication.</p><p>POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Farm Bureau Leader at the office above.</p><p>Subscription price to members (paid as part of Farm Bureau membership dues) is $1.60. All other subscriptions are $6.50 per year.</p><p>KING CROP INSURANCE, INC. </p><p> 302-855-0800 Fax: 302-855-0885 TOLL FREE: 800-823-7750 </p><p>Email: agents@kingcrop.com Website: www.kingcrop.com </p><p>A Family Tradition Since 1967 Celebrating 48 years </p><p>Experience Counts with your Crop Insurance Agent! </p><p>101 W. Market Street, Georgetown, DE 19947 </p><p>From The Presidents Desk</p><p>Kitty Holtz</p><p>As an organization, Delaware State Farm Bureau strives to protect and promote Delaware Agriculture as an industry and way of life for all Delaware farm families. Our lobbying accom-plishments this year at the state and national level include the following;</p><p>Legislation in Delaware General Assembly:Supported Senate Bill 69 ATV Helmet Requirement Legislation with Senate Amendment 1Senator Dave Sokola introduced the amendment removing liability arising out of any ATV or </p><p>OHV accident on a farm. Additionally, the language includes ATV does not include farm ve-hicles being used for farming practices. The legislation requires a person under 18 years of age shall not operate any ATV unless the operator is wearing a helmet. A person under 18 shall not be a passenger on an ATV unless the passenger is wearing a helmet. No person under 18 shall be a passenger on an ATV unless the ATV was specifically designed by the manufacturer to carry passengers and is being operated by an individual who is 18 years of age or older. Senate Concurrent Resolution 30 Establishing A Clean Water And Flood Abatement Task </p><p>ForceSponsored by Senators Townsend, McBride and Representative Mulrooney. The task force </p><p>was established to study and make findings and recommendations to the President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House by January 31, 2016 regarding ways to improve water quality and alleviate flooding in Delaware. I am pleased to announce Tom Unruh, DFBs 2nd Vice President has agreed to represent Delaware Farm Bureau. Once again, Delaware Farm Bureau was recognized as an important stakeholder and invited to participate in this task force.Supported House Bill 124 AN ACT PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE DELA-</p><p>WARE CONSTITUTION RELATING TO THE REALTY TRANSFER TAX.Sponsored by Representative Wilson and Senator Pettyjohn. The Delaware Farmland Pres-</p><p>ervation Fund was created under the Delaware Agricultural Lands Preservation Act in order to conserve, protect, and encourage improvement of agricultural lands within the State. The Legislature has previously expressed its desire that $10 million in receipts from the State Realty Transfer Tax be allocated annually to this fund in order to accomplish its goals. This Act is the first leg of a constitutional amendment that will make this allocation binding on all future admin-istrations and General Assemblies, thus allowing this essential program to continue protecting one of our States most important resources. The legislation passed out of the House Agriculture Committee and was not placed on a House Agenda.I testified in support of full-funding for the DAPL before both the Joint Finance and Bond Bill </p><p>Committee. During the last day of session, $3 million dollars was restored to the Bond Bill to fund the program. Supported House Concurrent Resolution 28 Declaring June 2015 Delaware Dairy Month Each year, we ask the Legislature to enact a resolution declaring June Delaware Dairy Month. </p><p>This resolution honors Delawares farm creameries, dairy farmers and includes the annual 5K Milk Run/Walk which raises money for the Ministry of Carings Milk for Children Fund. This year, Representative Quinn Johnson introduced the resolution. Additionally, Jim Mitchell from Woodside Creamery donated and dished out samples of ice cream to serve to legislators while voting on the legislation. Allen Bailey, a dairy farmer from Greenwood joined the celebration in both the House and Senate as they voted on the resolution.</p><p>This year we also saw proposals and legislation our organizational policy would not support:OPPOSED House Bill 189 Dairy Cattle Tail Docking a Class A MisdemeanorIn June, the Humane Society of the United States contracted The Byrd Group, LLC to intro-</p><p>duce H.B. 189, legislation that would make Dairy cattle tail docking a class A misdemeanor. If convicted, a farmer could serve up to one year incarceration at level five. Both Secretary Kee and Pam Bakerian, our Executive Director testified against the legislation. Delaware code regarding a Class Misdemeanor says: (a) The sentence for a class A misdemeanor may include up to 1 year incarceration at Level V </p><p>and such fine up to $2,300, restitution or other conditions as the court deems appropriate.Fortunately, the bill was tabled in committee with a promise to hold a stakeholders meeting to </p><p>discuss the proposal later this summer.Two initiatives we were very concerned about were never introduced; The Clean Water Act </p><p>and an increase in the gas tax.On the national level, several issues were addressed: Congress passes the Safe &amp; Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. H.R. 1599 would create a </p><p>uniform, national, standard for the voluntary labeling of products that do not contain genetically-modified materials. It would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the tools it needs to ensure consumer safety. I encourage you to take a moment and thank Congressman John Carney for supporting science and agricul...</p></li></ul>