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Web Soil Survey
July 31, 2018July 31, 2018
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Web Soil Survey

The NRCS is a great resource for guidance on soils, They have information on all kinds of soils types and classifications as well as information on soil health and research topics. Take some time to explore the Web Soil Survey, an interactive tool to learn about the different soil types we have here in NJ, and...

Find a State Fair near you
July 24, 2018July 24, 2018
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Find a State Fair near you

Throughout NJ there will be numerous State Fairs happening in the month of Aug. NJ State Fairs offer a variety of activities involving agriculture, arts, education, and community. They are wonderful celebrations of NJ’s rich agricultural history and future while supporting the local economy and community. Each fair offers unique insight into the culture and...

How rising CO2 levels can affect plants
July 19, 2018July 19, 2018
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How rising CO2 levels can affect plants

A recent article published by the NY Times, “How More Carbon Dioxide Can Make Food Less Nutritious” explores how rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere affect the nutritional content of cash crops. Dr. Ziska of the USDA co-authored the study looking into quality rather than quantity of our food supply.  He and his colleagues...

Shopping Guides to Farmers Markets
July 17, 2018July 17, 2018
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Shopping Guides to Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are thriving this time of year with many vendors and many consumers heading out the door to sell and purchase produce and goods. Not only are farmers markets excellent places to purchase items, they are also excellent places to meet your farmer.  There is no better way to make sure that the products...

July is blueberry month
July 11, 2018July 11, 2018
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July is blueberry month

The humble blueberry is a delicious and nutrition addition to almost anything and is native to NJ. NJ’s crop of blueberries is the fifth largest in the nation with most of the production taking place in the Pineland region, where sandy, acidic soils prevail. Among  commercially produced varieties of blueberries, several heirloom descendants are still...

Action Alert: Comment Period on GMO Labeling Ends July 3!
June 30, 2018June 30, 2018
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Action Alert: Comment Period on GMO Labeling Ends July 3!

Food labels are meant to inform the consumer of the components of their food, so that consumers can make informed decisions of their food choices. Many agree that the methods to produce food should be clearly labeled as well. In May, the USDA proposed new GMO labeling rules. The USDA’s proposed nationwide standard of GE labeling...

How to improve gut health-it’s easier than you think!
June 26, 2018June 26, 2018
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How to improve gut health-it’s easier than you think!

An article recently shared by Cornucopia Institute describes ways in which consumers can improve gut health through diet and also steps farmers can take on the field to protect biodiversity. The human gut microbiome lives and is influenced by the food we eat. Eating a diet rich in vitamins and minerals from healthy, fresh, diverse,...

Bayer-Monsanto merger
June 7, 2018June 7, 2018
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Bayer-Monsanto merger

For $63 billion dollars, German life sciences and pharmaceutical company Bayer has purchased agribusiness company Monsanto. The merger will be finalized this week, and Monsanto will no longer be a company name.  Monsanto’s products including glyphosate-containing RoundUp, will retain their brand names and become a part of the Bayer portfolio.  This comes as no surprise...

Action Alert: GMO food labeling rule
May 31, 2018May 31, 2018
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Action Alert: GMO food labeling rule

On May 3rd the USDA released its proposed regulations for the mandatory disclosure of foods produced using GMO or GE methods. These rules establish more detail on how disclosures will be implemented following the 2016 federal law requiring disclosure. The rules are the final step to securing GE food labeling in the United States at...

The toxicity of weedkiller products
May 24, 2018May 24, 2018
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The toxicity of weedkiller products

A recent article published in The Guardian discusses the toxicity of popular weed-killing products such as Monsanto’s Roundup.US government researchers have uncovered evidence that these formulated products are more toxic to human cells than their active ingredient.  Government scientists are taking the first ever tests on herbicide formulations as a part of the US National...