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Contact: Michelle Jacobs, Community Relations Officer, 302-739-9921, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Joel Wharton elected to Sussex Conservation District Board

GEORGETOWN (Nov. 28, 2012) – Joel Wharton of Millsboro has been elected to the Sussex Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors as a farming representative for the southwest portion of Sussex County. His four-year term will begin Jan. 1, 2013. 

Mr. Wharton, along with his father and brother, operates a grain and truck crop farming operation, growing mainly corn, soybeans, wheat and watermelons. He also is a grower for Perdue Farms, operating five poultry houses with a capacity of approximately 140,000 birds. 

A graduate of Laurel High School, Mr. Wharton resides on the farm with his wife Tina and their four children. He is a member of the Delaware Farm Bureau and Gideons International. Mr. Wharton is also a member of the International Flying Farmers, a group of farmers who fly or have an interest in flying and agriculture.

Along with the other board members, Mr. Wharton will be responsible for planning and directing district programs, coordinating the help of governmental agencies, assigning priority to requests for conservation technical assistance from private landowners, and serving as a community clearinghouse for information services.

“I welcome representing my local farming community on the Board,” said Mr. Wharton. “And I am looking forward to the opportunity to do my part, and to encourage others to do their part, to help conserve our precious natural resources.”

The Sussex Conservation District is a governmental subdivision of the State of Delaware and is responsible for conservation work within Sussex County. The District functions to focus attention on land, water and related resource issues; develop programs to solve them; enlist and coordinate help from public and private sources to accomplish the district goals; and increase awareness of the relationship between human activities and the natural environment.

Major programs of the District include the following: sediment and stormwater management, tax ditch, conservation cost-share, drainage and heavy equipment.  For more information on the Sussex Conservation District, please visit

Vol. 42, No. 456
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