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Executive Director’s Blog

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Both houses of the NJ State Legislature passed legislation that would ban plastic and paper grocery bags and polystyrene “clamshell” style food containers. The bill would also make plastic straws available in restaurants by request only. If signed by the Governor, the provisions would take effect 18 months after enactment.

Click here for more information on the bill.

A new look into the priorities for rural America of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden is revealed in responses to a questionnaire distributed by the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF asked the Republican and Democratic candidates to respond with their stances on several topics directly affecting America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities, including trade, labor, regulatory reform and sustainability.

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You can see the questions asked by AFBF, and read the answers from both campaigns here.

The US Department of Agriculture has developed a website specifically to assist farmers whose operations have been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The site includes a lot of helpful information, specifically about the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) which provides direct relief to producers who faced price declines and additional marketing costs due to COVID-19.

Click here to visit farmers.gov/cfap