The 1-day, virtual NJ State Ag Convention, held February 17, covered a wide range of policy topics.
New Jersey Farm Bureau News
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.
If you want the inside scoop when it comes to policies and perspectives that will affect your farm or agribusiness in 2021, don’t miss the 102nd consecutive American Farm Bureau Convention. This is your opportunity to help set the agenda for the leading voice of agriculture in Washington, DC, and so much more. Participate in educational workshops to advance your leadership skills, expand your business acumen, and gain deep insight into the trends and realities impacting food production. Witness cutting edge innovation in agriculture, hear from powerful speakers, and explore the virtual trade show to build a stronger network, shop featured products, and idea-share with other state and county Farm Bureaus.
Don’t miss the chance to look beyond the horizon at the future of agriculture, sharpen your skills and help set the agenda in Washington.
Be advised the NJ DEP has announced that pesticide licenses will be delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic. This notification was sent to all email addresses associated with a pesticide license.
While printing and mailing of licenses is delayed, if you have paid for your renewal, until such time that your paper license is received, you may access and print the status of your payment and license. This printed information will be honored by enforcement inspectors.
In an October 12 article for NJ.com, wildlife experts explain that deer are more likely to collide with your car now than any other time of the year.
The top 6 NJ counties for deer-vehicle collisions from October-December 2018 were: Monmouth, Burlington, Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean and Morris.
Anthony Russo, President and CEO, CIANJ says “for our state’s farmers, including many struggling small business owners and their hard-working employees, deer are a constant menace. Deer-related losses to high-value crops in New Jersey exceed $15 million per year. According to state wildlife experts, deer populations in some areas of New Jersey are perhaps 10 or 20 times as large as they should be” in a recent letter to the editor.