M E D I A A D V I S O R
The Department of Agriculture will propose nine
economic development strategies to strengthen New
Jersey's agricultural industry during the 88th annual
New Jersey State Agricultural Convention. The convention
will be held January 27-29 at the Trump Taj Mahal
Hotel/Casino in Atlantic City.
More than 100 representatives from county boards
of agriculture, Pomona granges, and breed and commodity
organizations will gather to discuss issues affecting
the Garden State's agricultural industry and help
set agricultural policy for the coming year.
The convention opens Monday afternoon with a Farmers
Institute featuring educational workshops on the topics
of Direct Marketing, Water Quality, Expanding the
Marketplace, and Farm Labor and Safety. The day will
end with a public meeting of the State Board of Agriculture.
Tuesday will feature presentations and discussions
on smart growth and economic development. The morning's
discussions will focus on the state's smart growth
efforts and how agriculture fits into the plan. In
the afternoon, the Department will propose nine economic
development initiatives to expand the marketplace
for farmers and strengthen the agricultural industry.
On Wednesday, the delegates will discuss water quality
and supply issues. They also will elect two farmers
to be recommended to the Governor for appointment
to the State Board of Agriculture to fill vacancies
of two outgoing State Board members.
A complete agenda for the convention is on the Department's
web site at www.nj.gov/agriculture.
PRESS AVAILABILITY - Secretary Kuperus will be available to answer reporters'
questions at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in room Ruby C, following the Department's presentation
of nine economic development initiatives to strengthen the agricultural industry.