Who says the Garden State has lost its green edge? For the fourth year in a row and the sixth time in the last 12 years, a New Jersey farmer has been chosen as a National Outstanding Young Farmer. Paul “Duce” Tallamy II, a beef and produce farmer from Wantage, Sussex County, was named one of the four 2012 National Outstanding Young Farmers on February 11, 2012 by the National Outstanding Young Farmer Congress in Springdale, Arkansas. Tallamy is a first generation farmer who got involved in agriculture while working on a degree in applied science at SUNY Cobleskill. After graduating, he worked as a herdsman on an 1,800-head dairy farm. A few years later, he became partners with the owner of an old farm in his hometown of Wantage and together they renovated the buildings on the 250 acres of property, reclaimed the cropland and purchased some cattle. The rest is history For more information on Tallamy’s top honors, visit http://www.state.nj.us/agriculture/news/press/2012/approved/press120214.html.