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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

Farming makes New Jersey a better place in many ways. One is obvious during this early part of the harvest season, when residents can indulge in fresh and locally grown blueberries, peaches and soon tomatoes. Those are highlights on many people’s annual food calendars.

Add many vegetables and the apples and cranberries to come and there’s enough good food grown to make farming the third-largest industry in the state, with much of it here in South Jersey.

Farms counterbalance the spreading urban landscape and give the state a pleasant mixed character. Even though people live in the fourth smallest and most densely populated state, they are never far from counties with a rural flavor.

Read the rest of the opinion piece from the Press of Atlantic City by clicking here.

Farmers face huge challenges from nature, and they accept that. Weather can freeze a crop in the bud, parch it in a drought or drown it with too much rain.

But farmers in New Jersey, the most densely populated state in the nation, say the biggest problem they face is interference from nonfarmers. They voted it their No. 1 issue at the 2017 New Jersey Farm Bureau annual meeting.

Click here to read the rest of the story from the Press of Atlantic City.

BRIDGETON — Two new greenhouses at the nonprofit Mill Creek Urban Farm will soon be filled with towering tomato and cucumber plants, grown hydroponically to provide year-round produce to food pantries, senior centers, restaurants and schools.

Built with a $250,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, they officially opened last week. The farm is on the 5-acre site of a former public housing project on Ronald Bowman Way, which used to be called Mill Street.

Click here to read the rest of the story from the Press of Atlantic City.

 

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez holds a slim four-point lead over his likely Republican opponent, former pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin, as he seeks reelection following his corruption trial,  according to a new poll.

Menendez, a Democrat seeking a third term, received the support of 28 percent of registered voters, while 24 percent said they would vote for Hugin, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey. Forty-six percent are undecided.

Click here to read the rest of the story from Observer.com

Republican Rep. Leonard Lance and the seven Democrats from New Jersey in the House of Representatives have signed a petition to force a vote on measures addressing the fate of young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally as children.

So far, the petition has garnered 213 of the 218 signatures needed to force a vote, despite House Speaker Paul Ryan’s objections to the plan, according to a report on NJ.com.

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Catherine McCabe, acting commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Protection, sailed through a confirmation hearing yesterday after being peppered about issues left unresolved from the prior administration.

Many of the questions focused on past disputes between the Democratic-controlled Legislature and former Gov. Chris Christie over environmental policies, ranging from diverting money from pollution settlements, protecting drinking water in the New Jersey Highlands, to expanding public access to beaches.

Click here to read the full story from NJ Spotlight.

Gov. Phil Murphy is making a big move at the N.J. Highlands Council.

Murphy has named Carl Richko, a retired public school teacher and former West Milford mayor, to chair the state council overseeing the controversial 2004 Highlands Act limiting development in ecologically-sensitive parts of seven northern counties.

Click here to read the full story from NJ.com

Says Legislation to Improve Deer Management Will Help Reduce Car Crashes, Prevent Crop Damage

Senator Steven Oroho’s bipartisan legislation to improve deer management in New Jersey to reduce car crashes and crop damage was approved by the Senate Environment and Energy Committee.

Click here to read the rest of the story from Sen. Oroho.

Some changes may be coming to the growing beverage industry in New Jersey.

On Thursday, May 3rd, the State Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee held a meeting in Cape May Court House to present new bills to the public concerning vineyards and wineries.

NJFB staffer Ed Wengryn was on hand to express Farm Bureau’s support of these bills.  Click here to see the full story from SNJ Today.