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Do you know what to do if someone arrives at your farm, and asks to inspect your livestock?

New Jersey Farm Bureau is pleased to provide a new, informative brochure outlining livestock owners’ rights during humane enforcement actions.  This was developed with the input and assistance of the NJ Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division.

Know your rights! Click here for a copy of this pamphlet.

There is interest among many craft brewers in the state and region to source locally grown ingredients for beer making. The cultivation of New Jersey State produced ingredients, like malted barley and hops could provide opportunities for farmers. Has the thought of producing ingredients for the craft brewing industry crossed your mind? Have you ever wondered what the brewers are looking for with respect to varieties and quality? Would you like to know what is involved in producing hops and malting barley for market? Craft brewers, hop growers and grain farmers are encouraged to attend the Farm Brewery sessions (AM and PM sessions) at the 2017 NJ Agricultural Convention & Trade Show at Harrah’s Resort Hotel Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Tuesday February 7, 2017.

Topics to be covered at this day-long event include:

·         Production and Processing Realities of Producing Hops

·         Quality Considerations for Malting Grains and Hops

·         Status of the Craft Brewing Industry in NJ

·         Farm Brewery Opportunities

Speakers will include Steve Miller, Hops Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York, Jeremy Lees, Brewer and Owner of Flounder Brewing Company; Brett Bullock, Brewer and Owner of Screamin Hill Brewery, Bill Bamka, Field and Forage Crops Agent – Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension, and Steven Komar, Agricultural Agent with Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension. Associated industry stakeholders are also encouraged to attend as the event will be a great opportunity to network with others interested in the brewing industry.

For more information, registration materials, and program for the 2017 NJ Agricultural Convention and Trade show visit https://njveggies.org/convention.htm. For more information on the brewing crops sessions email Bill Bamka at bamka@njaes.rutgers.edu.


NJ Young Farmer & Rancher Annual Meeting – Sunday, November 13, beginning at 10AM, at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village.

We have a nice program planned, that will include presentations on the challenges and opportunities of farming in New Jersey, a first-hand account of a Right to Farm case, Parliamentary Procedure, converting a farm operation to specialty crops, and how to communicate effectively with legislators, among other topics.

Click here for a copy of the agenda.

We hope you will join us on the 13th.  If you plan to attend, we need to hear from you, so we can give the hotel an accurate head count for lunch. Remember there is no cost to participants, for the meeting or lunch. Please RSVP by email njyoungfarmers@gmail.com, or by calling us at 609-393-7163.

Every four years, the American Farm Bureau Federation asks the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees to address the issues that concern farmers and ranchers the most. AFBF asked Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump the same questions.

Both candidates explained their positions on biotechnology, trade, immigration reform, regulatory reform, food safety and more.

Click here to read their responses in the FB News.