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More bees, please!
February 16, 2018February 16, 2018
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More bees, please!

A recent study involving 48 farms in two states shows that an abundance of wild bees means a lot of pollination. A Rutgers University study published in Science concludes that over a larger area, a variety of bee species is necessary in pollination. This study is the first of its kind to show that increased pollination...

What to expect when transitioning your ag business
February 13, 2018February 13, 2018
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What to expect when transitioning your ag business

Farm Credit East is hosting a webinar on the 5 hurdles every farm owner/operator will have to face going into retirement.  Addressing this topic sooner rather than later will avoid stress later on and lead to a more positive experience.  Farm Credit East’s consultant Jon Jaffe will explore this topic on Feb. 15 at 1:00...

Does your farm operation comply with FSMA?
January 31, 2018January 31, 2018
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Does your farm operation comply with FSMA?

The NJDA and Rutgers University food safety specialists are partnering to offer on-farm confidential readiness reviews to farmers throughout the state.  The On-Farm Food Safety Team will work with growers to review their operation and suggest modifications to comply with Food Safety Modernization Act Produce Safety Rule launching in 2019. Part of the education process...

Somerset County Preservation Planning Meeting
January 25, 2018January 25, 2018
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Somerset County Preservation Planning Meeting

This Tuesday January 30th, the Somerset County Planning Board, Park Commission, and Cultural & Heritage Commission are reexamining their preservation plans and want to hear from you! The meeting will be held in the Somerset County Freeholder Board’s Meeting Room on the third floor of the County Administrative Building. Residents, nonprofit organizations, local planners, landowners,...

Organophosphate harms salmon and orca populations
January 20, 2018January 20, 2018
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Organophosphate harms salmon and orca populations

New recommendations proposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) offers protective measures to avoid pesticide runoff from entering marine environments. The organophosphate family of pesticides are commonly applied to nut, rice, cotton, and citrus crops. NMFS recommendations come in the wake of studies of three widely used agricultural pesticides including chlorpyrifos, malathion, and diazinon...

NOFA-NJ in the News!
January 18, 2018January 18, 2018
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NOFA-NJ in the News!

NOFA-NJ’s Winter Conference 2018 was featured in an article published on Tapinto.net-New Brunswick edition! Our Winter Conference is the largest organic farming conference in New Jersey. Join us for a three-day exploration of the future of agriculture! The weekend will kick-off on Friday with the Organic Farming Research Foundation’s Conference featuring discussions from leading researchers,...

New Proposed Beekeeping Regulations
January 11, 2018January 18, 2018
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New Proposed Beekeeping Regulations

A story published on www.northjersey.com calls for action against newly proposed beekeeping regulations.  Hobby beekeepers say the regulations would discourage beginning beekeepers. The proposed regulations restrict hives in residential lots less than one-quarter acre where agriculture is not permitted. Residential lots of one-quarter to five acres would be allowed two hives. Hives that have been...

New research shows link between fungicides and bee decline
January 4, 2018January 4, 2018
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New research shows link between fungicides and bee decline

Fungicides have been found to be the strongest factor of declining bee populations determined by the first landscape-scale analysis. The exact method of  how fungicides affect bees is being studied, but it is suspected that fungicides make bees more susceptible to parasites such as nosema. Scott McArt at Cornell University led the study published in...

USDA offfers conservation grants
December 29, 2017December 29, 2017
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USDA offfers conservation grants

The NRCS is now accepting grant applications for its Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. This funding awards innovation and conservation specifically focused on grazing land, organic agriculture, or soil health.  The NRCS focuses on transfer and ownership of new technologies that concern American natural resources. The CIG grant will award any U-S based entity or...

Humane Farming Mentorship
December 28, 2017December 28, 2017
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Humane Farming Mentorship

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT) is offering a mentorship opportunity for beginning livestock and poultry farmers seeking guidance from experts on business strategies and animal management practices. The mentorship program will begin in February 2018 and end in February 2019.  Mentorship itself will be provided by consistent phone and email communications. FACT will check in...