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New Jersey’s Secretary of Agriculture is the department’s executive officer, secretary to the State Board of Agriculture and a member of the Governor's cabinet.

The Secretary of Agriculture fulfills executive, management and administrative duties prescribed by law, executive order or gubernatorial direction. The Secretary oversees the development and implementation of specific programs required to meet State Board policy directives. He is also an active member of a number of international, national, federal, state, county and local organizations with an interest in agriculture and related areas.

The Office of the Secretary supports programs relating to the economic development of production agriculture; the marketing of agricultural products through the Jersey Fresh program; conservation and development of natural and renewable resources; distribution of surplus federal commodities to soup kitchens, food pantries, schools, state hospitals and institutions; and the health and well-being of the state’s greenhouse/nursery and livestock industries as well as other programs related to these areas.

In addition, the Office of the Secretary directs and coordinates the development and analysis of agricultural policy and department budget for the Secretary and the State Board of Agriculture. The Office coordinates the department's legal and legislative services and rule-making functions, serves as the state's liaison for USDA agricultural disaster matters and directs departmental efforts to support of the Governor's statewide policy issues.

The Office of the Secretary also handles relations with agricultural and other organizations, outreach to news media and the public, liaison to the State Legislature and United States Congress, the Ag in the Classroom Program and other state and national agricultural organizations.
 
Contacts
Media Inquiries
Lynne Richmond
609-633-2954
609-610-3526 (cell)

State Board of Agriculture
Linda Walker
or 609-633-7794

Publications
Nancy Wood
or 609-292-8896

Mailing Address
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
P.O. Box 330
Trenton, NJ 08625-0330

Physical Address:
Health and Agriculture Building
John Fitch Plaza
369 S. Warren St.