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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife will host a symposium on ‘Managing Deer in Suburban and Agricultural Landscapes’ March 19 at the Rutgers EcoComplex.

The workshop is FREE, but does require participants to be pre-registered.  Spots are first come – first served.

Click here for all of the details, and to see how to register.

N.J. pest-fighting laboratory long overdue for renovation

There’s a place in New Jersey where bugs are not swatted, trapped or flushed but instead, counted, fed and cared for. Unfortunately, the bugs are in better condition than the building that houses them.

The Phillip Alampi Beneficial Insect Rearing Laboratory (PABIL) has been fostering helpful insects since its construction in 1985. But in recent years, while still structurally sound, the lab is in serious need of an upgrade if it is to fulfill its mission

Click here to read the full story from the Star Ledger/NJ Spotlight.

Proposed regulations, they claim, would eliminate urban beekeeping and severely restrict the practice in most suburbs

Honeybee colonies worldwide have come under attack in recent years by the mysterious colony collapse disorder and vicious mite infestations. Now, in New Jersey, state regulations aimed at backyard beekeepers could become another threat to the bee population.

The proposed regulations would, among other changes, ban individuals from maintaining hives on properties of less than a quarter acre and place a two-hive limit on beekeepers with anywhere from a quarter acre to five acres of land.

Click here to read the full article at NJ Spotlight.

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.

Click here to read the full story as published int he Star Ledger.

Pro: Federal OK confirms safety of the much-needed infrastructure

On Jan. 19, the PennEast natural gas pipeline received federal approval and moved our region toward a clean-energy future. Families and businesses across New Jersey and Pennsylvania are closer than ever to realizing the benefits of lower and more stable electric and natural gas costs— along with thousands of new jobs— with the delivery of clean, reliable, American energy.

Con: Fight vs. the unnecessary project is just getting started

It would b e a big mistake for PennEast to think its approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission means the Penn-East pipeline will be built.

Click here to read the complete debate on this topic as published by the Star Ledger.

Reviewing Opportunities and Challenges in Key U.S. Agricultural Export Markets

Following the multiple years of large harvests in the U.S., projections for record livestock, dairy and meat production in the current year and farm income at concerningly low levels, U.S. farmers and ranchers are actively seeking to enhance access in existing foreign markets like Canada, China, Japan, Mexico and South Korea, and gain access in new markets, e.g. re-entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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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.

Click here to read the rest of this story from njspotlight.com

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.)

Click here to read the full story from whyy.org

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.

Click here to read this story from farmfutures.com