Delaware Farmers Face 120-plus Regulations

The DSB’s review was commissioned to help farmers be aware of all the various regulations and multiple agencies that are involved in the business of agriculture.

The results demonstrate that Delaware farmers work in a highly-regulated environment. The web of regulations touch nearly every facet of farming operations today.

A new study of farm regulations by the Delaware Soybean Board (DSB) has revealed that farmers are required to comply with more than 120 separate regulations to operate an agricultural business in the First State.

“The results demonstrate that Delaware farmers work in a highly-regulated environment,” stated Jay Baxter, chairman of the board and farmer from Georgetown. “The web of regulations touch nearly every facet of farming operations today.”

The review was commissioned to help farmers be aware of all the various regulations and multiple agencies that are involved in the business of agriculture. It has been posted on the DSB website.

A compilation of federal, state and county regulations which directly or indirectly relate to a farm operation, the report lists regulations by subject and agency. Multiple agencies have jurisdiction over various parts of a farm operation, including the departments of Agriculture, Finance, Environmental Protection Agency, Transportation, Motor Vehicles, Labor, Land Use Planning & Zoning, Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Army Corps of Engineers, and Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“We strive to continually improve the way we farm and comply with all the rules,” continued Baxter. “With so many statutes and so many agencies involved at the federal, state and local level, it is time consuming and…

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