Archive for Tag: agriculture

Committee clears bill that will create grant opportunities for new farmers

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee on Thursday released a bill that would provide matching grants for new farmers to make improvements on their farms. The sponsors of the legislation (A285), Assemblyman Brandon Umba and Assemblywoman Claire Swift, say their “New Farmers Improvement Grant Program”...

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Garden State summers could soon be “Jersey Fresh Season”

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Parker Space’s joint resolution designating June through September as “Jersey Fresh Season” unanimously passed the Assembly Thursday. “It wouldn’t be summer in New Jersey without farm-fresh crops like tomatoes, corn, blueberries and peaches. Residents have access to nutrient-rich bountiful harvests, because of our hard working...

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Panel advances Webber bill freeing farmers markets from burdensome regulations for baked goods

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Agriculture Committee advanced legislation exempting farmers markets from a law requiring certain baked goods to be sold by weight. “New Jersey’s local farmers markets are healthy, quaint, and good. They are places where neighbors and friends can gather literally to share the fruits of...

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Governor signs Space and Wirths bill establishing food hubs

TRENTON, N.J. – This week the governor signed legislation (A3592/S1953), sponsored by Assemblymen Parker Space and Hal Wirths, establishing food hubs to strengthen small-scale New Jersey farms. Food hubs help connect food producers to new markets and services. Selling through a food hub can supplement revenue for small to...

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