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Ag Secretary Ed Kee to discuss history of farming Aug. 2

Jul 25, 2014
Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee will discuss the history of Delaware farming Aug. 2.

Farming and its related agricultural industries have been a major force in the social, cultural, and economic history of Delaware. Today, agriculture remains the state’s largest industry, generating over $1 billion in income from an array of crops, poultry, and livestock.

During a special event at the Delaware Public Archives in Dover, at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee will discuss the rich history and tradition of Delaware farming and the major role it has played in the progress and evolution of the First State.

Ed Kee, a nationally and internationally recognized expert on vegetable science, is a native of Delaware who has spent his entire career in agriculture. Appointed as the Kent County agricultural agent for the University of Delaware in 1978, Kee eventually became the state vegetable crops specialist. In 2004, he was appointed as the extension agricultural program leader. Retiring from the university in 2008, Kee worked for Hanover Foods Corporation as director of agriculture before being confirmed as the Delaware Department of Agriculture secretary in 2009.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour. No reservations are required. For more information, contact Tom Summers at 302-744-5047 or email thomas.summers@state.de.us.

For information about the Delaware Public Archives, go to archives.delaware.gov.

The Delaware Public Archives is at 121 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. North in Dover. The Mabel Lloyd Ridgely Research Room is open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. On the second Saturday of every month, the research room is open from 9 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Apple picking at Smith Orchard, Cheswold, Nov. 2, 1932
Calf fitting demonstration, July 25, 1928.
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