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News from State Senator Gary Simpson Serving the 18th Senatorial District

Date: January 24, 2017

 

 

News from State Senator
 
 
Gary Simpson
 
 
Serving the 18th Senatorial District
Milford farmers receive Environmental Stewardship Award
From left: Rich Batiuk, Associate Director for Science, Analysis and Implementation; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee; Scott Willey; Ted Layton; Eddie Jewell of Allen Harim Foods; Delaware Nutrient Management Program Administrator Chris Brosch; and Delaware Nutrient Management Commission Chairman Bill Vanderwende.
Poultry farmers Ted Layton and Scott Willey have been recognized for their efforts to improve water quality and reduce nutrient runoff with the 2016 Delaware Environmental Stewardship Award.
 
Layton and Willey are co-owners of T&S Farms near Milford, growing broiler chickens for Allen Harim Foods on a 44-acre farm. They have four poultry houses, with a capacity of 134,000 birds per flock. As part of their efforts, they have installed a manure shed and composter, have a stormwater pond, and will plant a tree buffer. They focus on weed control, lane maintenance and pad cleanliness, and have all manure transported by Ellis Farms.
 
"These farmers are great examples of how Delaware's farm families are wonderful stewards of our land and water," Chris Brosch, Delaware Nutrient Management Program administrator said. "It is due to their hard work and dedication that has made Delaware a leader in nutrient management efforts."
 
Also receiveing awards were runners up:
Alvin and Norma Warner of Milford, who grow for Perdue Foods growing the Coleman Organic Program, with a capacity of 62,000 organic broilers. They have created 15 acres of riparian buffers and wildlife habitat, planted tree buffers, and installed heavy use pads and a composter.
Seibert honored for 139 Merit Badges
Senator Simpson with Sam Seibert and his parents, Ed and Debra on the Senate floor.
Always one to recognize achievement, Senator Simpson was very happy to honor Milford resident, Samuel Seibert on his outstanding work as an Eagle Scout. Senator Simpson presented Seibert with a tribute on the Senate floor on Thursday, Jan. 19.
 
The tribute read:
Be it hereby known to all, Senate Minority Leader F. Gary Simpson is joined by the Senate of the
149th General Assembly in commending Samuel L. Seibert
Distinguished Resident of Milford
Eagle Scout ~ Troop 116  
for attaining the distinction of being the sole Delawarean to earn all one hundred and thirty nine merit badges offered by the Boy Scouts of America.
 
Through hard work and personal discipline, Eagle Scout Seibert has contributed much to his community and has earned the respect and high regard of all having the good fortune to know him.
 
Senator Simpson takes pleasure in requesting tribute to an exemplary young citizen of the First State and this most notable achievement. With best wishes for continued success in all future endeavors, the Senate directs this tribute presented in the Senate Chamber, Legislative Hall, Thursday, the nineteenth of January, 2017.
Out and About in the 18th Senatorial District...
Jim Baxter, a Delaware agriculture icon
 
Senator Simpson recently spent some time with former Secretary of Agriculture, Jim Baxter. Baxter was Secretary of Agriculture under Governor Pete duPont and a founding member of the Delaware State Farm Bureau. 
 
He received the Secretary's Award for meritorious service to Delaware Agriculture in 2011.
Beta Sigma Phi Sisters
 
Senator Simpson was happy to spend time with members of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority Torch Bearer Chapter. The chapter members were touring Legislative Hall and stopped in to see their Senator.