Ranked No. 1 in the nation for agricultural value sold per acre, the state of Delaware is a food production powerhouse on the cutting-edge of some of the most modern advances in food and agriculture. Factor in our low cost of doing business, proximity to major markets and highly-educated workforce, it is clear why world-leading agribusiness companies choose to do business in Delaware.
Delaware provides one of the most fertile environments in the nation for food and agriculture businesses to thrive.
Delaware is one of the country’s leading producers of broiler chickens, generating more than $1 billion in sales annually. Leading poultry processors such as Perdue, Allen Harim, and Mountaire have significant operations in the state, and the poultry industry represents approximately 70% of Delaware’s cash farm income.
With highly productive soil and generations of skilled farmers, Delaware is a significant producer of soybeans, field corn, watermelon, lima beans, sweet corn, and potatoes. Agriculture and farming have been a way of life in Delaware ever since the first settlers arrived more than three centuries ago. Farmers form the backbone of Delaware’s economy. Corn is the top crop, watermelons are the leading fruit crop and broilers are the most valuable agricultural product. Other important Delaware agricultural products include wheat, barley, apples, peaches, grapes, peas, and dairy.
Delaware is on the cutting-edge of some of the most modern advances in food and agriculture. Delaware’s agriculture, advanced chemicals, and life sciences sectors work closely together.
Delaware-based life sciences companies utilize biologists, animal scientists, and chemists to produce pharmaceutical products for agribusiness. And, multinational companies support Delaware agriculture by advancing R&D in areas like crop breeding, digital ag and more, while farms adopt sophisticated precision agriculture technology. At the University of Delaware, internationally renowned scientists work alongside students to tackle the big issues facing agribusiness, in the classroom and on the school’s 350-acre farm lab that provides hands-on experience with animals, crop plants, wetlands, forests, greenhouses, and a working dairy.
“With a location that puts us within a day’s drive of one-third of the U.S. population and our highly productive soils, Delaware is positioned to be a foodshed for the eastern United States.” – Ed Kee, Former Secretary of Agriculture
More than 2,300 family farms utilize 42 percent of Delaware’s land for agricultural production, including commodity crops like corn, soybeans, and wheat.
Delaware’s major poultry producers are leaders in developing innovative industry trends such as organic and antibiotic-free.
Multinational companies also support Delaware agriculture by advancing R&D in areas like crop breeding, digital ag and more.
Fast-growing Delaware companies utilize biologists, animal scientists and chemists to produce pharmaceutical products for agribusiness.
Some of the primary reasons that have, and continue to, encourage investments by agribusiness companies in the First State include:
NUMBER OF ESTABLISHMENTS, FOOD & AGRICULTURE
NUMBER OF JOBS, FOOD & AGRICULTURE
AVERAGE SALARY, FOOD & AGRICULTURE
The largest food industry redistribution in North America, continues to grow, officially breaking ground on its 12th distribution center. The new $36 million facility will be constructed on 35 acres of land in Bear, Delaware – just 50 miles southwest of Philadelphia.
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