Johnny Painter, a third-generation Pennsylvania farmer shares why he changed his mind and decided to get the Covid-19 vaccine. He’s also encouraging all others in the agriculture community to do the same.
New Jersey Farm Bureau News
The NJ Department of Agriculture is strongly urging farm employers to get their workers vaccinated against Covid-19. The NJDA has provided some guidance for farmers, to assist them in scheduling vaccinations or participating in a nearby vaccination clinic.
Effective March 15, 2021, migrant farm workers are eligible to receive the Covid-19 vaccine. In an effort to help migrant farm workers access the vaccine and continue to support the agriculture industry and food chain in New Jersey, an agricultural vaccine program is being created to partner farms with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to help vaccinate you and your workforce. If your business participates, all adults aged 18 years or older who live or work on the farm will be eligible to receive the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine, administered by FQHCs.
If you are interested in joining a vaccination program tailored to the needs of the agricultural community, please sign up at here. Since interest is quite high, this sign up survey should be completed by Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
The 1-day, virtual NJ State Ag Convention, held February 17, covered a wide range of policy topics.
TIME TO TALK ABOUT DEER! On Monday, Feb 22 at 12:15pm, the NJ Assembly Agriculture Committee will receive testimony concerning deer overpopulation & suggestions for effective strategies to address the issue. Visit njleg.state.nj.us and click on the red “Live Proceedings” button to listen in. Most hearings are archived, and can be accessed later, as well.
Ryck Suydam, president of the New Jersey Farm Bureau, says legislative leadership should make deer overpopulation an immediate priority. “Together, we will explore proven methods to bring the deer overpopulation in our state back into balance by enacting meaningful legislation that protects both our residents and New Jersey’s famed agricultural industry.”
You are probably thinking, yes, the government definitely can use some brains. This is your chance to contribute! The United States is nearing the goal line after a 70 year battle against scrapie, a fatal prion disease that affects the brain and spinal cord of sheep and goats. Sheep and goat producers can help the USDA achieve this goal.