Philip J. Traino, 80, a career farmer who was president of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey in 1976-78, died of heart failure Tuesday, Oct. 22, at his home in Marlton.
New Jersey Farm Bureau News
New Jersey farmers and agricultural experts questioned representatives from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday about new regulations that will bring federal officials to their farms.
The federal regulators visited the Rutgers University EcoComplex on Florence-Columbus Road for a food safety conference.
Fred and Hoss Grasso grow a lot of fruits and veggies on their 100-acre farm in Mullica Hill, including strawberries, asparagus, cucumbers, squash and watermelon.
When the brothers heard the Urban Farm in West Deptford was for sale, they jumped at the chance to expand. What sealed the deal was that the 106-acre property is part of the state’s Farmland Preservation Program.
The program celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Urban Farm Tuesday. It limits participating land to agricultural use in exchange for development rights purchased by the state.
NJFB President Ryck Suydam wrote a letter to the editor of the Burlington County Times in response to an op-ed on the gestation crate issue.
The Humane Society and other groups have launched a campaign to override Gov. Christie’s veto of a bill passed earlier this year to ban the use of gestation crates, setting penalties of up to a $1,000 fine and six months in prison for farm owners who break the law.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and NJFB are sponsoring a conference to explain the new Food Safety Modernization Act rules on October 22. The meeting, to be held at the Rutgers EcoComplex, will include speakers from the US Food and Drug Administration, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and others. Pre-registration is recommended.
House leaders on Tuesday said they were working with their Senate counterparts toward a new five-year farm bill, just days after the House pushed through a bill that would slash billions of dollars from the food stamp program.
But with only a few days left before the current farm bill expires at the end of the fiscal year, and with a fight over the debt ceiling looming, few lawmakers see any chance of getting a new farm bill done.