Explore undefined agriculture and learn what makes it unique.
Farming is an important economic driver of Delaware’s economy, which has a very long history in “The First State” that played an important part in the founding of our country. When the first European settlers arrived in Delaware for the first time in 1631, they relied heavily on their agricultural land which provided wheat, barley, indian corn, peas, and livestock critical to their survival. Farming is still very much a family affair in Delaware as nearly 90% of the 2,302 farms are still family owned.
According to the latest Census of Agriculture, farmers in Delaware grew and sold $1.4 billion dollars worth of agricultural products in 2017, of which, over 75% were broilers (chicken). In 2017, Delaware was number 8 in exports of broilers in the United States, with soybeans coming in as their second highest exported crop.
The top 3 counties in terms of agricultural sales in Delaware were Sussex County, Kent County, and New Castle County. These counties make up 100% of agricultural sales in Delaware.