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Department of Agriculture to Propose Nine Strategies to Strengthen Agriculture
at Annual State Agricultural Convention

For Immediate Release: January 24, 2003


Hope Gruzlovic




M E D I A  A D V I S O R Y

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.