Category: News

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,...

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...

Food waste in America
December 26, 2017December 26, 2017
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Food waste in America

A recent article in USA Today, investigated food waste across America. On average, 31-40% of our food is thrown away after harvest.  That amount of food equals 1,200 calories per person per day that is wasted. Dr. Roni Neff, John Hopkins University, lead the first study of the nutrient content of food waste. The study...

First biological house built in Denmark
December 20, 2017December 20, 2017
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First biological house built in Denmark

Using farm waste such as tomato stems, seaweed, grass, and glass, the sustainable structure is the first to be made entirely of upcycled materials. Overall, 40 partners worked together to make the concept a reality; it took many years to see through to completion. Sustainable architecture firm GXN collected the raw farm materials and sent...

Millennials pushing sales of organics
December 6, 2017December 6, 2017
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Millennials pushing sales of organics

An article published in Food Business News focuses on sales trends of organics in the current marketplace.  A 2016 survey published by the Organic Trade Association concluded that more than half, 52% of organic shoppers are parents between the ages of 18-34. Generation X parents represent 35% of shoppers while baby-boomer parents come in at...

Nutrition as a Prescription
November 30, 2017November 30, 2017
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Nutrition as a Prescription

A recent article published in the NY Times, discusses how doctors across the country are realizing the connections between illness and diet.  Instead of handing their patients pamphlets, some doctors are teaching their patients how to prepare healthy meals.  This includes building teaching kitchens next to their offices, creating food pantries, or prescribing culinary education programs...