Category: News

Farms Under Threat: No farms, no food, no future
May 10, 2018May 10, 2018
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Farms Under Threat: No farms, no food, no future

Today the American Farmland Trust released the most comprehensive assessment of the state of American farmland. “Farms Under Threat: The State of America’s Farmland” studies the loss of farmland from 1992-2012. During this time, almost 31 million acres of farmland  was lost due to development and expanding urban areas; 11 million of which was the...

USDA is seeking nominations for Fruit and Veg Industry Advisory Committee
April 23, 2018April 23, 2018
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USDA is seeking nominations for Fruit and Veg Industry Advisory Committee

The USDA announced today that it will re-establish the charter for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC) and seek to fill 25 upcoming vacant positions. The FVIAC charter was established in 2001 to examine issues facing the produce industry and had expired in January.  Eligible nominees for FVIAC include anyone actively working in...

NJ Audubon accepting Healthy Land and Water Funding Projects
April 3, 2018April 3, 2018
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NJ Audubon accepting Healthy Land and Water Funding Projects

New Jersey Audubon is now accepting applications for funding projects under the Healthy Land and Waters program. This program aims to protect the local watershed thorough conservation projects on agricultural lands in southern NJ. Over $200,000 in competitive funding is available to large landowners and agricultural producers. Conservation practices such as cover cropping, and no-till...

National Ag Day
March 21, 2018March 21, 2018
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National Ag Day

In 1876, Abraham Browning of Camden referenced New Jersey as the “Garden State” in a speech at the Centenial Exhibition in Philadelphia and the moniker has stuck ever since. New Jersey is home to over 9,000 farms covering 720,000 acres and brings in more than $1.1 billion in sales annually.  The Garden State ranks in...

Communication strategies for organic marketers
March 16, 2018March 16, 2018
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Communication strategies for organic marketers

At the NOFA-NJ Winter Conference this year, Meredith Melendez, Mercer County Ag. Extension Agent presented a workshop on communication strategies for direct marketers of organic products.  Citing the results of a recent Rutgers survey of Mid-Atlantic purchasers of organics, Meredith discussed the who, what and why of consumer trends in the growing organic marketplace. Meredith...

CSA sign-up day!
March 7, 2018March 7, 2018
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CSA sign-up day!

Did you sign up for a CSA? It’s not too late! National CSA sign-up day was held this past week, corresponding with the time of the year that members can sign up with their favorite farm.  NJ Ag Secretary, Douglas H. Fisher celebrated the day with a trip to Appelget Farms in West Windsor.  Joining...

AAW Scholarship Opportunities Available
March 5, 2018March 5, 2018
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AAW Scholarship Opportunities Available

The American Agri-Women Daughters of American Agriculture scholarship offered by the America Agri-Women Foundation (AAW) was created to celebrate the free-spirited and pioneering women who played an important role in the founding of the nation and to encourage the present generation to continue their education in agricultural pursuits. The Jean Ibendahl Scholarship and Sister Thomas...

Foods for brain health
March 1, 2018March 1, 2018
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Foods for brain health

Neuroscientists studying Alzheimer’s and dementia suggest that a healthy diet can affect cognitive functions.  Some foods play a neuro-protective role, protecting the brain from harm, while other foods are harmful for the brain, increasing the risk of cognitive decline.  The best foods for brain health are foods high in vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, glucose,...

Organic ag still on the rise throughout USA
February 26, 2018March 9, 2018
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Organic ag still on the rise throughout USA

At the Organic Farming Research Foundation Conference on Jan. 26 in New Brunswick, Dr. Ramu Govindasamy discussed a recent survey of consumer attitudes toward Certified Organic Products. Organic agriculture is one of the fastest growing sectors in the US and accounts for 4.2% of all food sales. Purchasers of organics include all economic levels and...

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...