Category: News

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...

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...

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,...