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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

Governor’s advisory committee wants more state support for agri-tourism, a revived Jersey Fresh program, and to get more people involved in farming.

Agriculture has always been a keystone of the state’s economy; if no longer dominant in dollars, it certainly still plays a significant role in the Garden State’s image. The Department of Agriculture’s transition report underscores that fact, with its advisory committee hoping to enhance New Jersey’s public image by supporting agritourism efforts and bringing back the sidelined and underfunded Jersey Fresh program.

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Gov. Phil Murphy said it on the campaign trail and again after his inauguration: He wants to gradually hike New Jersey’s minimum wage to $15.

His odds of success are high with a Democrat-led legislature supportive of the proposal.

But not every worker should celebrate.

State Sen. President Steve Sweeney, D-Gloucester, said the potential increase may exempt farm workers, noting that the modern agricultural industry can be a tough business for owners.

“I’m not putting the farming community out of business,” he told Politico last week. (Sweeney’s district is in South Jersey, where the state’s farming industry is concentrated.)

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A Trump administration outline for farm legislation calls for pushing some food-stamp recipients back to work, a GOP priority.

A four-page document released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday called for supporting “work as the pathway to self-sufficiency, well-being and economic mobility for individuals and families” on food stamps. The administration didn’t specify how it would change the law or whether it wants to cut funds for the program.

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A new paper published in Scientific Reports tells us that the world’s farmland soils have the technical potential to offset as much carbon as the United States emits, if they are managed better. This would also be equal to removing all the carbon from the atmosphere that the transport sector emits each year.

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Cream Ridge, NJ – New Jersey’s wine industry had a $323 million economic impact on the state in 2016, an increase of 39.9% from the $231 million economic impact reported in 2011, according to a new study released by the Garden State Wine Growers Association (GSWGA) funded from a Wine Industry Council Grant, and completed by accounting and consulting firm Frank, Rimerman + Co.

Wine production increased by 73.1% from 405,954 gallons in 2011 to 702,671 in 2016. The number of wineries in the state increased from 38 to 50, and wine, grapes and related industries accounted for 1,979 jobs (up 35.4% from 1,462 in 2011) according to the study with the majority of the jobs being in the actual wineries and vineyards with an associated payroll of $85.57 million.  Grape bearing acres also grew 23/3% from 1,283 to 1,582 acres.

The New Jersey wine and grape industry also generates significant tax dollars, benefiting federal, state and local governments. New Jersey’s wine, grape and allied industries paid $23.24 million in federal taxes and $17.73 million in state and local taxes in 2016, including roughly $2.35 million in total excise taxes.

The study estimates the retail value of New Jersey wine sold at about $29.53 million in 2016, up from $21.46 million in 2011. The majority of New Jersey wineries are small, producing less than 5,000 cases a year, and a majority of them sell their wine directly to consumers through winery tasting rooms.

“This economic impact study clearly shows the positive role our wineries and wine-related industries are having on the state’s economy not only from jobs and tax revenue, but also from helping to boost tourism in the state,” said Valerie Tishuk, Chair of the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

Wine is certainly making an impact not only in New Jersey but across the country as well. In September of 2017, WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, unveiled a national impact study pegged the wine industry’s total benefit to the U.S. economy at $219.9 billion in 2017.

According to the GSWGA study, tourism continues to be a material factor in the New Jersey wine and grape industry’s overall impact on the broader state economy. A survey of New Jersey wineries estimates that 108,813 tourists visited New Jersey wineries in 2016. Supporting these winery visitors is a diverse labor force of approximately 357 employees with total wages of approximately $12.9 million. The continued increase of tourist visits over the past several years can be attributed to the increased number of New Jersey wineries and continued improvement in wine quality, providing more destinations and opportunities for visitors to experience New Jersey wine country. 

“While these figures are encouraging, they also show that there is a lot more work to be done in making our wine industry a focal point of beverage tourism in New Jersey,” noted Tom Cosentino, Executive Director of the GSWGA.

As outlined in the study, despite the increase in winery-related visitors from 2011, total tourism revenue industry wide declined from $20.10 million in 2011 to $19.99 million in 2016.  This is directly attributable to lower average spending per visitor statewide across all tourism sectors as well as fewer number of wineries visited per visit. Specifically, tourism spending per visitor has decreased from $209.66 in 2011 to $183.67 in 2016, a drop of approximately 12.4%.

“We are confident that the new administration will see the value of using the wine industry to help support and promote tourism in New Jersey and look forward to once again working in a  bipartisan manner with our legislature to create bills that will continue to help us grow,” noted Tishuk.

The GSWGA is a coalition of over 50 wineries, grape growers and vineyard owners across New Jersey, dedicated to raising the quality and awareness of the New Jersey wine industry. For more information visit: www.newjerseywines.com.

 JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYSNew Jersey Farm Bureau is happy to announce the re-opening of our online store, offering for sale our new “No Farmers No Food” t-shirts (men’s, women’s and youth sizes), long sleeve t-shirts and hoodies. NJFB caps are also available.

 We’re also excited to announce some new items to our store:  “Thank a Farmer” t-shirts and long-sleeve shirts and hoodies – available in new colors!  Visit the online store to see all available merchandise!

 

 Click here to visit the NJFB online store.

 

This online store will only be open until December 3! There’s a shipping fee of $10 per order. 4H Clubs, FFA chapters and county boards of agriculture can save on shipping by ordering in bulk to one location. Or you can order on your own and have the gear shipped to your home or business. Questions? E-mail Debbie J. Pribell, Membership Coordinator, at debbiep@njfb.org

Here a some photos of shirt samples:  (The backs of all shirt styles have the same No Farmers-No Food bumper sticker image.)

hoodie front

mens t-shirt

ladies t-shirt

hoodie back

Do you know what to do if someone arrives at your farm, and asks to inspect your livestock?

New Jersey Farm Bureau is pleased to provide a new, informative brochure outlining livestock owners’ rights during humane enforcement actions.  This was developed with the input and assistance of the NJ Department of Agriculture Animal Health Division.

Know your rights! Click here for a copy of this pamphlet.

There is interest among many craft brewers in the state and region to source locally grown ingredients for beer making. The cultivation of New Jersey State produced ingredients, like malted barley and hops could provide opportunities for farmers. Has the thought of producing ingredients for the craft brewing industry crossed your mind? Have you ever wondered what the brewers are looking for with respect to varieties and quality? Would you like to know what is involved in producing hops and malting barley for market? Craft brewers, hop growers and grain farmers are encouraged to attend the Farm Brewery sessions (AM and PM sessions) at the 2017 NJ Agricultural Convention & Trade Show at Harrah’s Resort Hotel Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Tuesday February 7, 2017.

Topics to be covered at this day-long event include:

·         Production and Processing Realities of Producing Hops

·         Quality Considerations for Malting Grains and Hops

·         Status of the Craft Brewing Industry in NJ

·         Farm Brewery Opportunities

Speakers will include Steve Miller, Hops Specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension in New York, Jeremy Lees, Brewer and Owner of Flounder Brewing Company; Brett Bullock, Brewer and Owner of Screamin Hill Brewery, Bill Bamka, Field and Forage Crops Agent – Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension, and Steven Komar, Agricultural Agent with Rutgers NJ Agricultural Experiment Station, Cooperative Extension. Associated industry stakeholders are also encouraged to attend as the event will be a great opportunity to network with others interested in the brewing industry.

For more information, registration materials, and program for the 2017 NJ Agricultural Convention and Trade show visit https://njveggies.org/convention.htm. For more information on the brewing crops sessions email Bill Bamka at bamka@njaes.rutgers.edu.

 

NJ Young Farmer & Rancher Annual Meeting – Sunday, November 13, beginning at 10AM, at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village.

We have a nice program planned, that will include presentations on the challenges and opportunities of farming in New Jersey, a first-hand account of a Right to Farm case, Parliamentary Procedure, converting a farm operation to specialty crops, and how to communicate effectively with legislators, among other topics.

Click here for a copy of the agenda.

We hope you will join us on the 13th.  If you plan to attend, we need to hear from you, so we can give the hotel an accurate head count for lunch. Remember there is no cost to participants, for the meeting or lunch. Please RSVP by email njyoungfarmers@gmail.com, or by calling us at 609-393-7163.