Category: Policy

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...

Agricultural Justice- What does it mean?
December 19, 2017December 19, 2017
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Agricultural Justice- What does it mean?

Agricultural justice ensures the health and safety of farm workers and their families.  As farm workers are typically immigrants, it is harder for them to speak up against injustice for fear of deportation. Sustainable agriculture must ensure standards of living for both humans and animals.  One easy way consumers can support businesses that adhere to...

CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING
December 12, 2017December 13, 2017
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CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING

CULTIVATING ‘ANANDA’: JOY OF FARMING AND HEALTHY LIVING Here is a link to a wonderful summary of true sustainability in agriculture, from friends in Bangladesh.  Ubing.org Post   – This is a must read! “To realize the principle of biodiversity-based ecological farming, Nayakrishi farmers follow ten simple rules following the ten fingers of two hands. Fingers...

2017 Census of Agriculture
November 9, 2017November 9, 2017
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2017 Census of Agriculture

Farms and ranches across the nation will soon be receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture in the mail. The census is taken every 5 years and looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures.  Data from the census is used by community planners, companies and cooperatives, local governments, and legislatures...

Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed Presents Warnings on Chlorpyrifos
October 30, 2017October 30, 2017
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Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed Presents Warnings on Chlorpyrifos

The Sunday, October 29, 2017 New York Times Sunday Review, page 9, features an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof that discusses the dangers of the current administration’s rejection of the ban on chlorpyrifos. Kristof says, “President Trump’s E.P.A. is fine with children eating food tainted by a pesticide derived from a nerve gas.” Please follow the...

2018 Farm Bill Priorities
October 27, 2017October 27, 2017
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2018 Farm Bill Priorities

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has put together its comprehensive 2018 Farm Bill policy platform.  Months of research and teamwork with grassroots stakeholders has produced a comprehensive vision of recommendations for sustainable farm and food systems.  Their recommendations include the modernization of crop insurance, investment in public plant breeding, advancing land stewardship, and increasing opportunities...

Keeping Backyard Chickens
September 30, 2017September 30, 2017
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Keeping Backyard Chickens

A new ordinance passed in Eatontown, NJ allows residence to keep 5 chickens in their backyard lot of at least 5,000 square feet.  An additional chicken can be kept for every additional 1,000 square feet.  The maximum number of chickens is 12 for 12,000 square feet. Residents of Eatontown interested in keeping backyard chickens must...

“NJ takes steps to keep farmland in the family” from NJTV
August 24, 2017August 24, 2017
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“NJ takes steps to keep farmland in the family” from NJTV

Recently aired on NJTV News with Mary Alice Williams “NJ takes steps to keep farmland in the family”; was an upbeat story of a family-owned and operated farm in Frenchtown, NJ.  Ryan and Kim Kocsis were growing hay and straw on 160 acres of leased land.  They dreamed of owning the property but needed to raise $1.7 million dollars...

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