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New Jersey Farm Bureau News

The NJFB Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee will hold their annual meeting on Sunday, November 15th at the Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village (201 Village Blvd, Princeton). The meeting begins at 10AM. Topics on the agenda include Natural Resource conservation Planning for you farm; food safety rules; and farm business planning, among others. We are also fortunate to have the National YF&R Chair, Jon Hegeman, as our guest for this meeting.

All young farmers and ag enthusiasts (ages 18-35) are encouraged and welcome to attend! A complimentary lunch will be provided. Please be sure to RSVP to Liz Thompson at 609-393-7163 or at lizt@njfb.org by November 9th, so we can provide the hotel an accurate count for lunch.

Click here for a complete agenda. 2015 YF&R Annual Meeting agenda

Movie Night on the Farm!

17 Aug 2015, Posted by admin in Meetings and Events

Friday, August 21 – New Jersey Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) hope you will join them for a viewing of Farmland, The Movie

 Time: 6:00 PM for food and lawn games; 8:00 PM for the movie

 Location: Etsch Farms,  556 Buckelew Ave. Monroe, NJ (Middlesex County

 $10 per car – proceeds will benefit NJ YF&R

Click the image below for all of the details.

Movie Night

 

Farmland owners are reminded that their farmland assessment applications (FA-1) are due not later than August 1.  Submitting an application late is grounds for denial.

Recent changes to the law are in effect for this year.  Information about farmland assessment can be found on the NJFB website at: https://njfb.org/issues-policies/information-for-farmers/

 

Heat Stress Advisory

23 Jun 2015, Posted by admin in News, Weather

At this time of year, heat stress becomes a symptom that you need to be aware of during the hot days of summer.  Farm workers should be monitored to prevent a heat illness.  OSHA has some helpful tips on preventing heat stress, and what to do if you or one of your employees shows symptoms.  Click on the following links for more information.

Protecting Workers from Effects of Heat – an OSHA fact sheet

Protecting Workers from Heat Stress – an OSHA Quick Card

Farm Bureau will host another informational meeting on the upcoming changes to New Jersey’s Farmland Assessment law.  This latest meeting in the series will be held Thursday, May 14, at 7:00PM at the Somerset County 4-H Center, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater, NJ 08807.

Anyone with farmland assessment may be interested in this meeting.  It may be of special interest to those with smaller acreage, as those with parcels of 7 acres or smaller will face additional changes.

This meeting is FREE to all paid NJFB members.  The fee for non-members is $20.  Please call 609-393-7163 to register by May 8.

Rutgers will be holding a feeder pig auction May 2, 2015.  Registration begins at 6:30AM!  Not only will they have feeder pigs but there will be some market weight animals up for auction. Location: Livestock Granary Building off Sheepfold Lane on the Cook Campus in New Brunswick. Contact for more information: Clint Burgher (848) 932-9415.

Due to overwhelming response for the April 9 meeting, Farm Bureau will host a second informational meeting on the upcoming changes to New Jersey’s Farmland Assessment law at the Tranquility United Methodist Church, 2 Kennedy Drive, Andover, NJ – located at the corner of Kennedy Road (Rte. 611) and Decker Pond Road (Rte. 517).  The second meeting will be held on Thursday, April 16, at 7:00PM.

If you were planning on attending the April 9 meeting, but have not registered yet – please attend the April 16 meeting instead.  Anyone with farmland assessment may be interested in this meeting.  It may be of special interest to those with smaller acreage, as those with parcels of 7 acres or smaller will face additional changes.

This meeting is FREE to all paid NJFB members.  The fee for non-members is $20.  Please call 609-393-7163 to register by April 13.

UPDATE – This meeting is filled to capacity, and we can no longer accept registrants.  A second, identical meeting is going to be held on Thursday, April 16, at the same location.  Please attend the later meeting, if you are not already registered.

Farm Bureau will host another informational meeting on the upcoming changes to New Jersey’s Farmland Assessment law.  This latest meeting in the series will be held Thursday, April 9, at 7:00PM at the Tranquility United Methodist Church, 2 Kennedy Drive, Andover, NJ – located at the corner of Kennedy Road (Rte. 611) and Decker Pond Road (Rte. 517).

Anyone with farmland assessment may be interested in this meeting.  It may be of special interest to those with smaller acreage, as those with parcels of 7 acres or smaller will face additional changes.

This meeting is FREE to all paid NJFB members.  The fee for non-members is $20.  Please call 609-393-7163 to register by April 6.

E-Verify legislation looms in the House

13 Mar 2015, Posted by admin in National News

Last week the House Judiciary Committee passed H.R. 1147, the Legal Workforce Act.   The bill  requires employers, including farm employers, to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the web-based E-Verify system.    NJFB contacted each NJ House member expressing our opposition, and asked that they oppose E-Verify legislation until comprehensive ag labor reforms are enacted.  The following are a few reasons  farm bureau opposes an E-Verify stand-alone bill, even if it included an exemption for agriculture:

1)      Farm Bureau opposes legislation that would mandate E-verify without providing agricultural employers access to a legal current workforce and a new temporary worker program. We will urge all members to vote “No” if such stand-alone E-Verify legislation is brought up in committee or on the floor of the House. We do not support an exemption for agriculture.

2)      An agriculture exemption does nothing to give agriculture stability in our labor force. Only legislation creating an agricultural worker program can do that.

3)      Agriculture employers want to play by the rules, but do not have access to a legal workforce. A carve-out only places a target on our backs throughout the political process and, once law, would make agriculture a target for ICE enforcement, being the only industry without mandatory E-Verify.

4)      In this political climate, farmers and ranchers have lost confidence that an ag carve-out would withstand the process to be signed into law. The practical implication of being subject to mandatory E-Verify without a workable solution to our labor needs is too devastating to the industry to risk advocating for an exemption without a solution.

5)      Also, if enforcement only moves we do not have confidence there will be an inclination to move legislation that addresses the ag labor crisis.