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Stites family, Glancey honored by NCCFB
By CAROL KINSLEY
TOWNSEND, Del. — The Fred Stites Family of Townsend was selected as the 2014 New Castle County Farm Bureau Farm Family of the Year.
Stites was active in FFA in high school where he received the Delaware Star Farmer Award and the FFA American Farmer Degree. After receiving his degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Delaware, Stites returned the family farm for a year before deciding to join the Air Force, where he flew fighter jets and C-141 Cargo planes.
In 1984, Stites began looking for 20 acres as a “hobby” farm, but ended up with a 230-acre farm instead. While still working as a pilot, he started farming soybeans, corn and wheat.
While Stites was serving his country in Operation Desert Shield, his parents and the Farm Bureau community rallied around to help with his crops.
His wife, Barbara, was a strong supporter of the ag community and was very passionate about the “Ag in the Classroom” program until her death in 2007.
Stites is a past President of the NCCFB, has served on the county and state Board of Directors. Barbara was a member of the Ag Education Task Force and was named the first “Agriculture Teacher of the Year” by the Delaware Department of Agriculture in 1994.
Stites' daughter Melissa was the 1994 New Castle County Farm Bureau Queen and the 1995 Delaware Dairy Princess.
Dr. James L. Glancey, professor in the Departments of Bioresources Engineering & Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware, was named winner of the 2014 New Castle County Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture award at the NCCFB's annual fall banquet Oct. 13 at Townsend Fire Hall.
Glancey grew up on his uncle's dairy farm in New Jersey, then earned a bachelor's degree at University of Delaware and a master's and doctorate at the University of California.
Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Ed Kee said, “Dr. Glancey’s work at all levels has generated significant economic impacts for Delaware agriculture, resulting in millions of dollars in improved revenue or cost savings. His work has also made a difference in how Delaware agriculture deals with environmental issues and challenges. Dr. Glancey’s research and professional work has also had a significant impact of the ability to use waste water for agricultural irrigation and has also had a significant positive impact on getting the story straight about Delmarva’s poultry manure production and its nutrient levels. This information has helped counter some of the obsolete data that EPA had been using.”
Glancey's accomplishments include:
• On Carlisle Farms in Greenwood, he developed an on-board surveillance system to assess harvest performance for cucumbers. He also assisted with the installation of a continuous blade spinach cutter.
• At the Kenny Grading Station in Bridgeville, he designed an on-site relish fermentation system as well as a long-span beam water line and support structure for cucumber transport trucks.
• At Jester Farms in Middletown, he did an analysis and field measurements of a multi-center pivot irrigation system.
• At Grundy Greenhouses in Laurel, he did a structural analysis and engineering certification of a hoop greenhouse structure.
• On Holly Hill Farms in Milford, he did a hydraulic system redesign for a cucumber harvester.
Glancey is the associate editor for the American Society of Ag and Biological Engineers; chairman for Fruit and Vegetable Production Engineering; member of the Scientific Technical and Advisory Committee for the Center for the Inland Bays; Scientific Committee member for the International Symposium on the Application of Precision Agriculture for Fruits and Vegetables; and member of the United Soybean Board National Technical Advisory Panel.
The Harry “T” Insley Agency was the Nationwide Top Recruiter, bringing 149 new members into NCCFB.
Emily Smith was named the 2014 Youth Ambassador and was also a college scholarship winner. She has been actively involved with agriculture since she started showing cows at the age of 7.
She joined 4-H and became involved with FFA when she started attending Smyrna High School. She has served as FFA President, currently belongs to the Junior Delaware Holstein Association and was the alternate Dairy Princess for 2013/2014. While working part-time at A-Sure Bet Farm, she is attending Delaware State University.