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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

As the September deadline for the renewal of the Federal Farm Bill draws nearer, farmers at the local and commercial levels are speaking out against what they call burdensome regulations and looking to the future of the nation’s oldest industry.

On Friday, U.S. Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-5th Dist., and Assemblyman Parker Space, R-24th Dist., stepped across the political aisle to attend a roundtable discussion for growers, producers and purveyors of agro-tourism ventures from around the area.

 

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