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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

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

NJFB presented testimony opposing S2602 – a wide reaching farm worker protection bill at a Senate Committee hearing yesterday. Despite opposition from both Farm Bureau and The State Board of Agriculture, the committee moved the legislation forward. The next voting session of the full Senate is July 30; others are planned during August. A companion Assembly bill to S-2602 has already been introduced (A-4404) and is poised for review in the Assembly Labor Committee. A special appropriations bill for $5 million to off-set farmer expenses of covid compliance accompanies S-2602.

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Click here to read NJFB’s full testimony.

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Click here for talking points on this issue.

The Aug. 8 deadline for applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is quickly approaching and there’s still about $130 billion remaining of the $660 billion authorized by Congress. If you’re one of the millions of small-business owners who haven’t applied, then you could be making a big mistake.

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This Philadelphia Inquirer story explains why PPP is a program worth looking into.

The American Farmland Trust recently released a “State of the States” report on farmland conversion.

This report is part of American Farmland Trust’s multi-year initiative to document the status of and threats to U.S. farmland and ranchland and to identify policy solutions to ensure the protection and conservation of America’s diverse agricultural landscape.

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You can read the full New Jersey report by clicking here.

All NJ agricultural employers are invited to learn directly from NJ Departments of Health, Labor and Agriculture who will discuss expectations for implementation of the “NJ COVID-19 Guidance for Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers, Their Employers & Housing Providers” document in a Webex webinar hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM.

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The webinar is free to attend but you must register.

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Register here or by going to https://go.rutgers.edu/zzz55vz3.

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The NJDOH partnered with the NJDA and the NJDOL to create this guidance for agricultural employers focusing on precautions to help protect farm employees from COVID-19 on New Jersey farms and in farm labor housing. This webinar will review these guidelines. Questions from participants will be taken and addressed during the webinar.

To assist farm operators in the provision of COVID-19 education, the NJ Department of Health has created a set of signs that may be printed and hung in common areas on farms. The signs were developed with low literacy in mind, contain few words, and provide basic information about face coverings, hand hygiene, social distancing, and where to get more information about COVID-19. Each sign is available in English as well as Spanish, Creole, Cambodian, French, Simplified Chinese, and Portuguese.

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Please share these with the farm operators in your area. They can be found on the NJDOH at website https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml the section labeled “Information for Farmworkers.”

SHOW YOUR FARM BUREAU PRIDE!

Lots of apparel and other items (blankets, mugs and coasters) are now available with the ‘No Farmers – No Food’ slogan, “If you ate today… thank a farmer” sentiment and the New Jersey Farm Bureau logo.

Show your Farm Bureau pride!  Wear these slogans proudly and choose from a variety of t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, hoodies and hats.

​The store will be open through June 14. There’s a $10 shipping fee for each order, whether it’s one or 50 pieces, so 4-H Clubs or FFA chapters can save on shipping by ordering in bulk to one location. Utilize the shipping button at the bottom of the page. Orders will not be processed without paying the shipping fee.

Click here to visit the store, and browse all of the available items.