Loading…

NJ Agriculture rolls into Atlantic City

IMG 0089The 105th New Jersey State Agricultural Convention and Trade Show was held Feb. 4-6 at the Harrah’s Resort and Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture hosted the convention in cooperation with the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey and Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the VGANJ opening night cocktail hour featured its auction to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The auction raised $8,580.

In NJDA Secretary Douglas H. Fisher’s state of the state address on Wednesday morning, he touted the value of the fruits and vegetables New Jersey grows and the distribution of nationwide subsidies.

“I sometimes marvel at how just five commodities — corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice — receive the lion’s share of agricultural subsidies. Seven states in the middle of the country get 45 percent of all those subsidies nationwide,” said Fisher. Yes, we in New Jersey do grow some of these crops, and they are important to our agricultural production as a whole. But what about fruits and vegetables that we and nutritionists and the USDA tout as so vitally important to good nutrition and health?”

He also railed about how nationally, Jersey blueberries and Jersey peppers — along with California navels, Idaho potatoes, cranberries, peaches, apples, asparagus and so on — are considered specialty crops.

“They are mainstream crops that have somehow become marginalized by row crops,” said Fisher.

Later in the day, The Patrick J. Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award was present to Donaldson Farms.

At the dinner banquet that evening, long-time farmers Jane Brodhecker, of Sussex County, and James Etsch, of Middlesex County, were honored with Distinguished Service to Agriculture Citations by the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture.

“Jane Brodhecker and James Etsch have each made themselves an integral part of New Jersey agriculture with their decades of service to our farmers and their dedication and standard of excellence they each bring to their own farms,” said Fisher. “Jane’s expertise and experience on the State Agricultural Development Committee provided much needed insight to our farmland preservation efforts. James has served on several boards and agriculture-related associations for the last 30 years while continuing to grow his own operation.”

In keeping with tradition, the New Jersey Agricultural Society presented the Tony Russo Farmers Market Award and the Philip Alampi Industry Award at its luncheon on Wednesday.

In addition to the awards presented, distinguished speakers included former Maine commissioner of Agriculture Walter Whitcomb and New Jersey State Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.

Sun Basket gets uptick but growth limited
All across the country Americans are sheltering in place with trips out filled with trepidation. As such, it is no surprise that meal delivery companies, like Blue Apron, Home Chef and HelloFresh are reporting an uptick in business and fielding many more calls and hits on their websites. Sun Basket Inc., a Read More ...
Produce sales during COVID-19 by the numbers
Nobody in the produce industry wants to increase sales at the cost of people falling ill, but the simple fact is that the COVID-19 pandemic has produce sales on the rise. According to IRI, for the week ended March 22, fresh produce sales were up 29.7 percent compared to the prior week. It’s pretty much a universal belief Read More ...
Drastic retail shift for Stemilt’s Apple Lover bags
Retailers are shifting their apple categories to bags now that the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping Americans at home most of the time. Limited trips to shop for groceries, a desire for a grab-and-go pack, and an increase in buying groceries online are all factors causing retailers to mix up their apple strategy and lean into Read More ...
Duda engages with consumers during unique National Celery Month
For the month of March, Duda Farm Fresh Foods shared its National Celery Month promotion with consumers to elevate the versatility of celery and position it as the “It-gredient.” Despite the shift in tone throughout the industry as well as the world, Duda Farm Fresh Foods continued to engage with shoppers in an effort to Read More ...
Strong Georgia peach crop in the works
Georgia peach growers are anxiously awaiting first harvest of what is shaping up to be the best crop in years. Harvest is expected to begin around the May 15 and continue through the Aug. 15.   Following last year’s bumper crop, consumers are eagerly awaiting the quintessential summertime fruit. With the current situation Read More ...

Market Watch

the source pro-act

Western growing regions getting hit by rain, cooler temps

floral pulse