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Mysterious seeds continue to show up in Delaware mailboxesDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Governor Carney Declares State of Emergency to Coordinate Tropical Storm Response and RecoveryDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Delaware Schools May Open in Hybrid ScenarioDate Posted: August 4, 2020
El programa SNAP de Delaware emite beneficios de emergencia adicionales disponibles a partir del 31 de julioDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Tropical Storm Isaias Damage ReportingDate Posted: August 4, 2020
August 4, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: August 4, 2020
The Mezzanine Gallery to Exhibit “Tart” by Chloe McEldowneyDate Posted: August 4, 2020
Public comment sought for “Forest Action Plan”Date Posted: August 3, 2020
Tropical Storm Warning for DelawareDate Posted: August 3, 2020
DelDOT Advisory for Tropical Storm ImpactDate Posted: August 3, 2020
DNREC’s Basic Hunter Education Course Only Available Online and at No CostDate Posted: August 3, 2020
Governor Carney Creates Workforce Development Program for Unemployed and Underemployed DelawareansDate Posted: August 3, 2020
Navarro Urges Residents to Prepare for Tropical Storm IsaiasDate Posted: August 3, 2020
Delaware’s SNAP Program Issues Additional Emergency Benefits Available Starting July 31Date Posted: July 31, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: DPH Continues to Announce New Cases, Recoveries, and Deaths; Decline in HospitalizationsDate Posted: July 31, 2020
DNREC Lifts Recreational Swimming Advisory for Rehoboth BeachDate Posted: July 31, 2020
“Women’s Work: Campaigning for Social Change”Date Posted: July 31, 2020
Unemployment Benefits Will Decrease By $600 Per Week After August 1, 2020Date Posted: July 30, 2020
DNREC Young Environmentalists of the Year Announced at Delaware State FairDate Posted: July 30, 2020
DNREC Issues Recreational Swimming Advisory for Rehoboth BeachDate Posted: July 30, 2020
DNREC Extends Public Comment Period Until Aug. 15 on Croda Permit ApplicationDate Posted: July 29, 2020
Division of the Arts Announces 2020 Mid-Atlantic Teaching Artist Virtual RetreatDate Posted: July 29, 2020
Incoming Secretary Magarik Announces Leadership Changes at Department of Health and Social ServicesDate Posted: July 29, 2020
State Auditor McGuiness Announces Creation of a National COVID-19 Data Quality Audit TemplateDate Posted: July 28, 2020
July 28, 2020 – COVID19 Press BriefingDate Posted: July 28, 2020
Delawareans report receiving mysterious packages of plant seedsDate Posted: July 27, 2020
GACEC Director on Delmarva Life Speaking About ADA and Deldhub.comDate Posted: July 27, 2020
Public Health Encourages COVID-19 Testing for Attendees of Dover Church, Church ConferencesDate Posted: July 27, 2020
Governor Carney Signs 24th Modification to State of Emergency DeclarationDate Posted: July 24, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: DPH Announces New Cases, Identifies Additional Deaths Through Vital Records ReviewDate Posted: July 24, 2020
Delaware Residents Warned of Unclaimed Property ScamDate Posted: July 23, 2020
Governor Carney Announces Hall of Fame of Delaware Women Inductees for 2020 and 2021Date Posted: July 23, 2020
Treasurer Davis Urges Change to Protect Financial Freedom of People with DisabilitiesDate Posted: July 23, 2020
DNREC Announces Killens Pond State Park Water Park to Reopen Friday After Cleaning, Negative TestsDate Posted: July 23, 2020
DPH, Healthy Communities Delaware Announce Funding to Support Community-Level COVID-19 Response ProjectsDate Posted: July 23, 2020
The Delaware Department of Labor Issues Guidelines for Employers and Employees Regarding Returning to Work.Date Posted: July 22, 2020
DNREC Asking the Public to Report Sightings of Wild Turkeys During July and AugustDate Posted: July 22, 2020
Former Legislative Hall Employee Charged With Felony TheftDate Posted: July 21, 2020
Lifetime CDL Ban for Human Trafficking Conviction Signed Into LawDate Posted: July 21, 2020
ATLAS™ Website Launches to Help Delawareans Navigate to Appropriate Addiction TreatmentDate Posted: July 21, 2020
Delaware Department of Labor Announces Additional Extended Benefits for UnemploymentDate Posted: July 20, 2020
Commissioner Navarro Partners with Aquila to Distribute Overdose MedicationDate Posted: July 20, 2020
#MaskUpDEDate Posted: July 19, 2020
Governor Carney Urges Delawareans to Stay Safe During Excessive HeatDate Posted: July 18, 2020
Governor Carney on the Passing of Congressman John LewisDate Posted: July 18, 2020
Flag lowering for Rep. John LewisDate Posted: July 18, 2020
Weekly COVID-19 Update: Public Health Continues to Announce New Positive Cases; Hospitalizations, Deaths Remain SteadyDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Ex-daycare worker indicted for Murder, 52 counts of Child Abuse following infant homicide investigationDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Jennings announces settlement with Universal Health Services regarding allegations of improper admissions, dischargesDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Trinidad Navarro Statement on Signing of Telemedicine BillDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Killens Pond Water Park Closed Due to Staff Member With COVID-19 Positive TestDate Posted: July 17, 2020
Conservation Project Cleans Indian River and Expands Wildlife AreaDate Posted: July 16, 2020
Delaware’s Department of Health and Social Services Releases Draft Strategic Plan for Public CommentDate Posted: July 16, 2020
State of Delaware Announces Guidance for Reopening of Schools for 2020-21 Academic YearDate Posted: July 15, 2020
New Christina River Bridge at Wilmington Riverfront Dedicated to Former State Senator Margaret Rose HenryDate Posted: July 15, 2020
DNREC Natural Resources Police Make Arrests in Wildlife Animal Cruelty CaseDate Posted: July 15, 2020
GACEC Launches New Disability WebsiteDate Posted: July 15, 2020
Public Health Announces Update to Statewide COVID-19 Testing PlanDate Posted: July 15, 2020
GACEC in honor of ADA’s 30th Year hosts Boundless A Musical Journey in ZoomDate Posted: July 15, 2020
Delaware Hunting Licenses and Conservation Access Passes Now Easier to Purchase OnlineDate Posted: July 14, 2020
State Treasurer Urges Caution to Those Making Withdrawals From Retirement FundsDate Posted: July 14, 2020
July 14, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: July 14, 2020
Delaware Forest Service awards volunteer fire grantsDate Posted: July 13, 2020
Life Insurance Policy Locator finds over $3.5 Million for UsersDate Posted: July 13, 2020
Delaware Breakwater East End Lighthouse to be repaintedDate Posted: July 10, 2020
Four Delaware Arts Organizations Receive $50,000 in CARES Act FundingDate Posted: July 10, 2020
Public Health Announces 121 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Delaware, 0 New DeathsDate Posted: July 10, 2020
DNREC Announces Killens Pond State Park Water Park to Open SaturdayDate Posted: July 10, 2020
Statewide Family Reentry Pilot Program LaunchedDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Public Health Announces 69 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Delaware, 2 New DeathsDate Posted: July 9, 2020
DSP Lt. Col. Melissa A. Zebley Named Superintendent Of Delaware State PoliceDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Flags to be lowered Friday, July 10 for passing of former Rep. Donald ClarkDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Delaware’s 2019-20 Deer Harvest Sets Record High; Wild Turkey Harvest State’s 4th Highest TotalDate Posted: July 9, 2020
Public Health Announces 48 Additional Positive COVID-19 Cases in Delaware, 1 New DeathDate Posted: July 8, 2020
Public Health Announces 121 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, Two New DeathsDate Posted: July 7, 2020
Changes at GACECDate Posted: July 7, 2020
Delaware Solar Installation Grant Incentive IncreasedDate Posted: July 7, 2020
DelDOT Marks Completion of Multiple Projects in First Half of 2020Date Posted: July 7, 2020
Emergency Sirens To Be TestedDate Posted: July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020: COVID-19 BriefingDate Posted: July 7, 2020
Governor Carney Formally Extends State of EmergencyDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Delaware Coastal Cleanup – With Precautions – Set for Sept. 12 to Help Keep DE Litter FreeDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 165 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Delaware Libraries Celebrate National Summer Learning WeekDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Over $6 Million in 2016 Tax Refunds for Delawareans Still Available from IRSDate Posted: July 6, 2020
Public Health Announces 132 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: July 5, 2020
Public Health Announces 73 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware, No New DeathsDate Posted: July 4, 2020
Public Health Announces 192 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: July 3, 2020
Public Health Announces 221 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware; One New DeathDate Posted: July 2, 2020
Public Health Announces 36 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware; No New DeathsDate Posted: July 2, 2020
Gov. Carney, AG Jennings, DSHA, Delaware Judiciary Announce Joint Effort on Foreclosure & Eviction PreventionDate Posted: July 1, 2020
DNREC Releases Answers to Questions, Survey Results About Fenwick Island State Park ProposalDate Posted: July 1, 2020
Governor Carney Signs Vote By Mail LegislationDate Posted: July 1, 2020
Accessible Voting Available for July 7th Presidential PrimaryDate Posted: July 1, 2020
DELAWARE TEAMS EARN TOP HONORS IN GIRLS GO CYBERSTARTDate Posted: July 1, 2020
Governor Carney Issues Modification to State of EmergencyDate Posted: June 30, 2020
Public Health Announces 98 Additional Positive Cases of COVID-19 in Delaware; 2 New DeathsDate Posted: June 30, 2020
New Limits Set for Beaches at Delaware State Parks Starting This WeekendDate Posted: June 30, 2020
DelDOT Announces Opening of New Christina River Bridge and Approach Roads at Wilmington RiverfrontDate Posted: June 30, 2020
All New Castle County Quarantined As Spotted Lanternfly Move SouthDate Posted: June 30, 2020

Department of Agriculture | Date Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

DOVER, Del. (August 4, 2020) – Over the past week, Delawareans continued to receive unsolicited packages of mysterious seeds appearing to originate in China. As of August 3, citizens from all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and member nations of the European Union have reported the presence of similar unwanted shipments.
Due to the increased volume of people reporting the receipt of illegally shipped seeds, USDA has requested the assistance of the state departments of agriculture in collecting seeds from residents. The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) has processed more than 40 packages of seeds to be tested by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
If you received a package of seeds, make sure to save the seeds and the package they came in, along with the mailing label. Do not open the seed packets. If the packets are already open, place all the materials including seeds and packaging into a zip lock bag and seal it.
DDA is asking you to complete an intake form available online at https://agriculture.delaware.gov/plant-industries and submit it along with the sample. This will help investigators have a better understanding of why you were targeted in this brushing scam. If further information is needed, state and/or federal officials may reach out to ask more questions.
Individuals can submit these packages and the intake form either in person or by mail to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S. DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901.
While there does not appear to be any human health risks, out of an abundance of caution, people should wear gloves and limit touching the material. People who believe they are experiencing a health issue as a result of touching these seeds should contact their medical provider.
USDA is looking to obtain as many of these unsolicited seed packages as possible to determine if they present a threat to U.S. agriculture or the environment. Of the seeds identified so far, USDA has found a mixture of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb, and weed seeds. These seeds should never be planted; however, if they have been sown, USDA has issued destruction and sanitation instructions (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/faq-unsolicited-seeds.pdf).
Based on information provided by constituents, the packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them. All contained some sort of seed packet either alone, with jewelry, or another inexpensive item. It is believed that these shipments are part of a brushing scam where shippers send out low-cost items at their own expense in order to rank higher on e-commerce sites. Brushing helps the seller create a more legitimate appearance to their profiles.
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Department of Agriculture | Date Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2020

DOVER, Del. (August 4, 2020) – Over the past week, Delawareans continued to receive unsolicited packages of mysterious seeds appearing to originate in China. As of August 3, citizens from all 50 states, Canada, Australia, and member nations of the European Union have reported the presence of similar unwanted shipments.
Due to the increased volume of people reporting the receipt of illegally shipped seeds, USDA has requested the assistance of the state departments of agriculture in collecting seeds from residents. The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) has processed more than 40 packages of seeds to be tested by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).
If you received a package of seeds, make sure to save the seeds and the package they came in, along with the mailing label. Do not open the seed packets. If the packets are already open, place all the materials including seeds and packaging into a zip lock bag and seal it.
DDA is asking you to complete an intake form available online at https://agriculture.delaware.gov/plant-industries and submit it along with the sample. This will help investigators have a better understanding of why you were targeted in this brushing scam. If further information is needed, state and/or federal officials may reach out to ask more questions.
Individuals can submit these packages and the intake form either in person or by mail to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, 2320 S. DuPont Hwy, Dover, DE 19901.
While there does not appear to be any human health risks, out of an abundance of caution, people should wear gloves and limit touching the material. People who believe they are experiencing a health issue as a result of touching these seeds should contact their medical provider.
USDA is looking to obtain as many of these unsolicited seed packages as possible to determine if they present a threat to U.S. agriculture or the environment. Of the seeds identified so far, USDA has found a mixture of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb, and weed seeds. These seeds should never be planted; however, if they have been sown, USDA has issued destruction and sanitation instructions (https://www.aphis.usda.gov/publications/plant_health/faq-unsolicited-seeds.pdf).
Based on information provided by constituents, the packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them. All contained some sort of seed packet either alone, with jewelry, or another inexpensive item. It is believed that these shipments are part of a brushing scam where shippers send out low-cost items at their own expense in order to rank higher on e-commerce sites. Brushing helps the seller create a more legitimate appearance to their profiles.
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Related Topics:  brushing, China, scam, seeds, smuggling, unsolicited seeds

Keep up to date by receiving a daily digest email, around noon, of current news release posts from state agencies on news.delaware.gov.
Here you can subscribe to future news updates.

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