Rutgers will be holding a feeder pig auction May 2, 2015. Registration begins at 6:30AM! Not only will they have feeder pigs but there will be some market weight animals up for auction. Location: Livestock Granary Building off Sheepfold Lane on the Cook Campus in New Brunswick. Contact for more information: Clint Burgher (848) 932-9415.
New Jersey Farm Bureau News
Due to overwhelming response for the April 9 meeting, Farm Bureau will host a second informational meeting on the upcoming changes to New Jersey’s Farmland Assessment law at the Tranquility United Methodist Church, 2 Kennedy Drive, Andover, NJ – located at the corner of Kennedy Road (Rte. 611) and Decker Pond Road (Rte. 517). The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 7:00PM.
If you were planning on attending the April 9 meeting, but have not registered yet – please attend the April 16 meeting instead. Anyone with farmland assessment may be interested in this meeting. It may be of special interest to those with smaller acreage, as those with parcels of 7 acres or smaller will face additional changes.
This meeting is FREE to all paid NJFB members. The fee for non-members is $20. Please call 609-393-7163 to register by April 13.
UPDATE – This meeting is filled to capacity, and we can no longer accept registrants. A second, identical meeting is going to be held on Thursday, April 16, at the same location. Please attend the later meeting, if you are not already registered.
Farm Bureau will host another informational meeting on the upcoming changes to New Jersey’s Farmland Assessment law. This latest meeting in the series will be held Thursday, April 9, at 7:00PM at the Tranquility United Methodist Church, 2 Kennedy Drive, Andover, NJ – located at the corner of Kennedy Road (Rte. 611) and Decker Pond Road (Rte. 517).
Anyone with farmland assessment may be interested in this meeting. It may be of special interest to those with smaller acreage, as those with parcels of 7 acres or smaller will face additional changes.
This meeting is FREE to all paid NJFB members. The fee for non-members is $20. Please call 609-393-7163 to register by April 6.
Last week the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1147, the Legal Workforce Act. The bill requires employers, including farm employers, to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the web-based E-Verify system. NJFB contacted each NJ House member expressing our opposition, and asked that they oppose E-Verify legislation until comprehensive ag labor reforms are enacted. The following are a few reasons farm bureau opposes an E-Verify stand-alone bill, even if it included an exemption for agriculture:
1) Farm Bureau opposes legislation that would mandate E-verify without providing agricultural employers access to a legal current workforce and a new temporary worker program. We will urge all members to vote “No” if such stand-alone E-Verify legislation is brought up in committee or on the floor of the House. We do not support an exemption for agriculture.
2) An agriculture exemption does nothing to give agriculture stability in our labor force. Only legislation creating an agricultural worker program can do that.
3) Agriculture employers want to play by the rules, but do not have access to a legal workforce. A carve-out only places a target on our backs throughout the political process and, once law, would make agriculture a target for ICE enforcement, being the only industry without mandatory E-Verify.
4) In this political climate, farmers and ranchers have lost confidence that an ag carve-out would withstand the process to be signed into law. The practical implication of being subject to mandatory E-Verify without a workable solution to our labor needs is too devastating to the industry to risk advocating for an exemption without a solution.
5) Also, if enforcement only moves we do not have confidence there will be an inclination to move legislation that addresses the ag labor crisis.
The delegates to the 100th State Agricultural Convention considered nearly 40 resolutions covering various policy issues. Resolution titles are listed below. (A new, separate resolution dealing with he issue of Soil Disturbance on Preserved Farms was also added.) Information on the content of the resolutions can be obtained by calling the NJ Department of Agriculture.
- Hunger and Nutrition in NJ
- Definition of “Locally Grown”
- Labeling of Foods with Bio-Engineered Ingredients
- Farmland Preservation
- Microenterprises on Preserved Farms
- Neonicotinoid Insecticides
- Beekeeping and Right to Farm
- Safe Food Products at Community Farmers Markets
- Low-Hanging Cables
- Animal Waste Management
- Farming on Public Lands
- NJDEP Active Farming Notice
- New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
- Use of Native Plants
- Wildlife and Agriculture
- Humane Treatment of Livestock
- Food Safety
- Right to Farm Program
- Agricultural Offset to Minimum Wage
- Agricultural Education
- Beekeeping and State Pre-emption
- Crop Insurance
- Dairy Industry
- Equine Industry
- Farmland Assessment
- Farm Labor
- Highlands Regional Master Plan
- Horseracing Industry
- Horticultural Therapy
- Land Use
- Renewable Energy
- Senate Agriculture Committee
- Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries
- Staff Authorization
The New Jersey Farm Service Agency is partnering with Rutgers Extension Service to host producer meetings next month to inform the public of new programs offered by the 2014 Farm Bill.
Tuesday, JAN 6, 2015 @ 1pm (NAP)
Snyder Research and Extension Farm
140 Locust Grove Rd
Pittstown, NJ 08867
Contact: Doreen Beruck at (908) 782-4614 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, JAN 7, 2015 @ 9am (NAP)
Vineland Produce Auction
Vineland, NJ 08360
Contact: Angela Andreoli at (856) 205-1225 or email@example.com
Wednesday, JAN 7, 2015 @ 1pm (NAP)
Salem County Extension
51 Cheney Rd
Woodstown, NJ 08098
Contact: Al DiBella at (856) 769-1126 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, JAN 8, 2015 @ 10am (NAP)
Columbus FSA Office
1971 Jacksonville-Jobstown Rd
Columbus, NJ 08022
Contact: Nick Morolda at (609) 267-1639 or email@example.com
Thursday, JAN 8, 2015 @ 1pm (ARC/PLC & NAP)
Sussex County Extension
130 Morris Tpke
Newton, NJ 07860
Contact: Lindsay Caragher at (908) 852-2576 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in these meetings should contact the individual listed as the contact for the applicable meeting, or the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by January 2, 2015.
Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP): New coverage options are now available under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), which provides financial assistance to producers of noninsurable crops to protect against natural disasters that result in lower yields or crop losses, or prevents crop planting. Previously, the program offered coverage at 55 percent of the average market price for crop losses that exceed 50 percent of expected production. Producers can now choose higher levels of coverage, up to 65 percent of their expected production at 100 percent of the average market price.
Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC), Price Loss Coverage (PLC): Rutgers Extension agents will demonstrate the online decision-making tools that are available to producers to help make important enrollment decisions regarding the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. Learning more about ARC and PLC is extremely important for producers who must make a one-time decision about base and yield updates as well as ARC or PLC election and enrollment decisions. An FSA representative will be in attendance to answer any questions on ARC and PLC policy and procedure.
The final program for the AFBF Annual Convention is now available online. Annual Convention Final Program
The annual convention and trade show will be held January 9-14 in San Diego, CA. New Jersey Farm Bureau will have 50 attendees this year.
Additional information can be found on the AFBF Convention website: https://annualconvention.fb.org/
The SADC recently heard a staff presentation about the development of a draft rule to define and limit soil disturbance on preserved farmland. This draft rule is the result of several years of work by a soil-disturbance sub-committee. The SADC staff believes a rule is necessary to give guidance to preserved farmland owners and clarify two clauses of the deed of easement: one which allows for the development of agricultural buildings, and another which aims to protect the soils on a preserved farm. This issue of soil disturbance on preserved lands surfaced a few years ago with a Hunterdon County greenhouse grower who started large-scale grading/cut and fill work in preparation for temporary hoop houses on a preserved farm.
Farm Bureau believes any rule will have a significant impact on preserved farmland in terms of development of agricultural buildings, including greenhouses and large equine facilities. The SADC will make the draft rule available for public review ahead of any an informal comment period. In January, the SADC will consider whether or not to approve a draft rule for further review. The draft presented to the SADC is available on the SADC website at https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/sadc/news/hottopics/index.html
NJFB policy opposes the adoption of a rule to address soil disturbance on preserved farmland, seeing it as an over step in interpreting the deed of easement that could threaten the future agricultural viability of a changing industry.
The New Jersey Farm Bureau Annual Meeting will be held Monday & Tuesday, November 17 and 18 at the Princeton Westin at Forrestal Village. The meeting will include policy discussion, led by 1st Vice President Allen Carter, a variety of guest speakers and award presentations.
The New Jersey Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) will hold their first annual meeting on Sunday, November 16 at the Princeton Westin in Forrestal Village.
Presentation topics will include farm business planning, microloan opportunities, advocacy and legislative issues. We will also discuss the upcoming FUSION conference in Nashville, TN, and hold officer elections.
The meeting will include lunch, which is complimentary, thanks to our generous sponsors. Because we’re serving a meal, we do need an accurate head count. If you haven’t already done so, please let us know you are coming! You may do so by calling 609-393-7163 or by email at email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you on the 16th!