Several members of the Delaware General Assembly visited the Delaware Agricultural Museum in March 2019 for a reception highlighting the museum’s collections, exhibits and educational programs.
Pictured left to right are: Rep Franklin D. Cooke Jr. (D-District16); Senate Minority Whip, Catherine Cloutier (R-District 5), Rep Melissa Minor-Brown (D-District 17); Ag Museum Director, Carolyn Claypoole, Rep Sherry Dorsey Walker (D-District 3); Sen. David G. Lawson (R-District 15); Sen. Ernesto Lopez (R-District 6); Sen. Colin Bonini (R-District 16) and Senator David Wilson (R-District 18). Lawmakers attending the event but not present for the photo were Timothy D. Dukes (R-District 40) and Lyndon Dean Yearick (R-District 34).
Mountaire Farms, the nation’s seventh largest chicken processor, has donated $10,000 to the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover recently to help overhaul the poultry exhibit and help honor the late James H. Baxter, Jr., a well-known farmer in Sussex County. Mr. Baxter was a farmer in Stockley, Del., his entire life. During his career he grew chickens for Mountaire Farms and served in a variety of capacities, including President of the Delaware Farm Bureau for 10 years, and as Sussex County Recorder of Deeds. He passed away in August at the age of 94.
“Jim Baxter was a great friend to agriculture and to the State of Delaware,” said Paul Downes, former President and CEO of Mountaire Farms who arranged for the donation. “He was a man of faith, high integrity and well respected by all who knew him. He loved his family, his friends and his community. He had the best handshake in the state of Delaware."