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Windshield Tests and Bucket Tests
November 27, 2018November 27, 2018
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Windshield Tests and Bucket Tests

Earlier today, November 27, 2018, the New York Times Magazine released a feature titled “The Insect Apocalypse Is Here – What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?” (link provided below). Key threads running through this superb article include the crucial role of insects to all life on Earth, the role of...

Organic farming: why we don’t have more organic farms
November 25, 2018November 25, 2018
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Organic farming: why we don’t have more organic farms

NOFA-NJ Comment: The following article, published November 25, 2018 by National Geographic, offers a hopeful, reasoned view of why conventional farmers are shifting to organic practices. The personal stories shared by farmers, along with utterly spectacular photography by George Steinmetz, make this a must read. Of particular importance are descriptions of the challenges faced by...

There is Still Time to Comment on the NBFDS – The Propaganda You Paid For
July 3, 2018July 3, 2018
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There is Still Time to Comment on the NBFDS – The Propaganda You Paid For

Until 11:59pm tonight, July 3, 2018, you have an opportunity to comment on the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. This is a very important rule that will determine how foods that contain GMOs will be labelled – or not.  This rule is an outgrowth of the DARK Act (*).  Your taxpayer...

Securing Fresh Food from Fertile Soil, Challenges to the Organic and Raw Milk Movements
July 1, 2018July 1, 2018
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Securing Fresh Food from Fertile Soil, Challenges to the Organic and Raw Milk Movements

“Securing Fresh Food from Fertile Soil, Challenges to the Organic and Raw Milk Movements”, by Dr. Joseph Heckman, is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution license, which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Digital Object Identifier for citation: https://doi.org/10.1017/s1742170517000618...

Farm Bill Overview by TheFERN.org
June 14, 2018June 14, 2018
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Farm Bill Overview by TheFERN.org

The Food & Environment Reporting Network released this short video on June 12 that does a superb job explaining the Farm Bill.  With today’s Senate panel approval, both houses of Congress now have a version of the farm bill in the public domain, although the House version failed in a May 18 vote.  As explained...

Letter from Secretary Fisher Regarding Ag Labor Housing
May 18, 2018May 18, 2018
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Letter from Secretary Fisher Regarding Ag Labor Housing

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has asked members of the ag community to distribute the attached communications throughout the ag community. The letter from NJDCA concerns farm-labor housing, especially any agricultural buildings that previously served other purposes but have been converted to farm-labor housing. It also emphasizes a phased-in approach to helping farms, if...