Archive for Tag: agriculture

Committee passes Dancer resolution lessening burdensome requirements for farm wineries

TRENTON, N.J. – A 2014 pilot program that allows wineries on preserved farmlands to host special events is being compromised by a 2017 rule imposing onerous reporting requirements according to Assemblyman Ron Dancer. Today the Assembly Agriculture Committee approved Dancer’s resolution (ACR117) that declared the 2017 Winery Special Events...

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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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Committee clears Dancer bill creating a loan program and tax credits for new vineyards and wineries in five counties

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Appropriations Committee approved a bill (A544), sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, that will establish a loan program and provide tax credits for new vineyards and wineries in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Monmouth and Ocean counties. “New Jersey’s wine industry is very valuable. It not...

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Law establishes small business loan program for farmers

TRENTON, N.J. – Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation today establishing a small business loan program for farming equipment purchases and dairy farm operations. The program will be administered by the Economic Development Authority. Sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Ron Dancer, the bill (A5595) allows two or more farming...

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Committee passes sweetest bill of the session

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Agriculture Committee today advanced Assemblyman Ron Dancer’s resolution designating September as Honey Month in New Jersey. “Honey is a valuable commodity for our state, bringing in more than $2.8 million in annual sales for farmers and beekeepers,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “Honey Month will increase...

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Assembly clears bill establishing loan program for farmers

TRENTON, N.J. – Legislation assisting farms with loans to buy equipment was approved today by the Assembly. Sponsored by Assemblymen Hal Wirths and Ron Dancer, the bill (S2401/A3810/2535) creates a 15-year small-loan program for farmers, farm co-ops and dairies to finance machinery purchases. The program will be administered by...

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