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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

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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TRENTON (March 1, 2018) — The Young Farmers and Ranchers committee of the New Jersey Farm Bureau held their first meeting of the new year at “The Farmhouse” — offices of the New Jersey Farm Bureau — on West State Street, directly across the street from the New Jersey State House.

After brief remarks from Farm Bureau President Ryck Suydam, the gathering of about 20 young farmers between 18 and 35 years old was treated to anecdotes and jokes from Al Murray, who helped usher the “Jersey Fresh” marketing campaign to national prominence under former Ag Secretary Arthur Brown.

Murray now is the director of the New Jersey Agricultural Society.

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TRENTON — A healthy dose of skepticism was evident Tuesday at the Trenton War Memorial at a standing-room-only educational seminar for local and state officials on marijuana legalization.

There was nearly as much concern as enthusiasm about the prospect of allowing adults to use marijuana for recreational purposes, not just medical ones.

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Foes of legal pot offer a compromise

20 Feb 2018, Posted by admin in News, State News

Frustrated by the focus on legalizing recreational marijuana in New Jersey, a bipartisan group of state lawmakers have introduced a bill that would decriminalize the possession of small amounts of pot by treating it like a traffic offense in the state.

The bill, introduced Thursday, would allow a person caught with less than 10 grams of cannabis to face a fine of $100 the first time, $200 for the second offense and $500 for future violations. Offenders now are subject to six months in jail, a $500 fine, or both.

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