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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

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The American Farmland Trust recently released a “State of the States” report on farmland conversion.

This report is part of American Farmland Trust’s multi-year initiative to document the status of and threats to U.S. farmland and ranchland and to identify policy solutions to ensure the protection and conservation of America’s diverse agricultural landscape.

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You can read the full New Jersey report by clicking here.

All NJ agricultural employers are invited to learn directly from NJ Departments of Health, Labor and Agriculture who will discuss expectations for implementation of the “NJ COVID-19 Guidance for Migrant and Seasonal Farm Workers, Their Employers & Housing Providers” document in a Webex webinar hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension on Tuesday, June 16, 2020 from 7:30 PM- 9:30 PM.

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The webinar is free to attend but you must register.

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Register here or by going to https://go.rutgers.edu/zzz55vz3.

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The NJDOH partnered with the NJDA and the NJDOL to create this guidance for agricultural employers focusing on precautions to help protect farm employees from COVID-19 on New Jersey farms and in farm labor housing. This webinar will review these guidelines. Questions from participants will be taken and addressed during the webinar.

To assist farm operators in the provision of COVID-19 education, the NJ Department of Health has created a set of signs that may be printed and hung in common areas on farms. The signs were developed with low literacy in mind, contain few words, and provide basic information about face coverings, hand hygiene, social distancing, and where to get more information about COVID-19. Each sign is available in English as well as Spanish, Creole, Cambodian, French, Simplified Chinese, and Portuguese.

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Please share these with the farm operators in your area. They can be found on the NJDOH at website https://www.state.nj.us/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtml the section labeled “Information for Farmworkers.”

How to find PPE Supplies

14 May 2020, Posted by admin in News, Uncategorized

Most New Jersey farmers already know of the necessity to employ personal protective equipment (PPE) for the 2020 growing season. Facial coverings/masks, gloves, hand sanitizers are being used along with social distancing standards to meet New Jersey’s emergency management expectations during the coronavirus pandemic. These requirements are likely to endure for the entire summer through Labor Day, so sourcing PPE on a regular basis should not be underestimated. As a farmer, do you have a reliable source to go to?


One suggestion for those searching for PPE use on the farm is to contact a local janitorial supply vendor. Those are usually established businesses within reasonable proximity for pick-up or delivery to establish a direct relationship. Many of them have ramped up their purchasing activity to meet COVID-related customer demand.

Secondarily, there are companies at large serving the state and adjoining region who can be a source of PPE. An example: General Chemical & Supply of Moorestown, NJ 858 No. Lenola Rd.; 856-778-5550; (www.generalchemicalsupply.com) is ready to do business
with NJFB members. See price list below:

The USDA is finalizing rules for Covid-19 financial assistance for farmers. In addition to regular FSA programs, the agency will likely play a key roll in any additional disaster assistance due to this pandemic. All producers should be prepared to contact their local Farm Service Agency when the time comes, to ensure they get the assistance they need.

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Please note: USDA Service Centers in New Jersey will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. Program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, but they will be working with producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with FSA are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. In the event a Service Center is not currently available to serve customers on location, producers can receive assistance from the closest alternate Service Center by phone. Learn more at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

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New Jersey Service Center Phone Numbers

Dial extension 2 for FSA, 3 for NRCS, and 4 for RD (*where available) 

– Columbus Service Center, Columbus*, NJ – 609-267-1639

– Freehold Service Center, Freehold, NJ- 732-462-0075

– Frenchtown Service Center, Frenchtown, NJ- 908-782-4614

– Hackettstown Service Center, Hackettstown*, NJ- 908-852-2576

– Vineland Service Center, Vineland*, NJ- 856-205-1225

– Woodstown Service Center, Woodstown, NJ- 856-769-1126

The Equine Science Center has created a webpage with a resource list for Covid-19 Equine Related Resources for New Jersey.

The page is a compilation of resources that have been made available by groups such as the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, New Jersey Farm Bureau, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Equine Disease Communication Center, American Horse Council, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

View the webpage by clicking here.

And be sure to check back regularly as the Equine Science Center will continually provide updates as more resources are available.