Archive for Tag: agriculture

Dancer bills supporting farmers, organic and regenerative agriculture advance in Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – An active promoter of the Garden State’s agricultural future, Assemblyman Ron Dancer thanked fellow members of the Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee for advancing two of his bills on Monday. “I extend my gratitude to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for moving...

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Assembly committee advances Dancer bill allowing preserved farms to host special events

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Agriculture and Food Security Committee on Monday advanced a bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, allowing all preserved farmlands to host special occasion events. Dancer’s bill (A2772) builds on a similar successful pilot program for wineries that started in 2014. “An interim report on...

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Dancer welcomes state’s first veterinary medicine school at Rowan University

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer, a long-time champion of measures that provide New Jersey farmers better access to veterinary medicine services, recently introduced a resolution supporting the newly-announced Rowan University School of Veterinary Medicine. The school, New Jersey’s first school of veterinary medicine, plans to welcome its inaugural...

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More farms could get grant money for deer fencing under Dancer, Wirths bill going to governor’s desk

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly and Senate passed a measure, sponsored by Assemblymen Ron Dancer and Hal Wirths, to help more farmers protect their crops from deer by installing fencing with grants through the N.J. Department of Agriculture. The bill (A4232/S4231) expands a 2017 grant program that provides funding...

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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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Dancer bill prioritizing healthy bee, butterfly, other pollinator populations cleared by committee

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants to help New Jersey farmers feeling the sting from the loss of important pollinators, most notably the honey bee and monarch butterfly, by establishing a year-long task force committed to combating the problem. The Assembly Agriculture Committee voted unanimously to release his...

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Spurred by costly nuisance lawsuits, Dancer farm protections bill advances in Assembly

TRENTON, N.J. – The Assembly Agriculture Committee today released legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, allowing farmers to recover reasonable costs and attorney fees incurred while defending against a false complaint by neighbors. Over the years, residential development has encroached more and more into traditionally rural areas in close...

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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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Dancer proposes more funding for Jersey Fresh program

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced legislation last week in an effort to significantly boost funding for the Jersey Fresh program. The bill (A5045) would make a supplemental appropriation of $200,000 from the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund. The state’s current 2021 budget allocates $100,000. “This creates an additional...

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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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