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2001 New Jersey Agriculture
Annual Report


The State Board of Agriculture is New Jersey's highest official agricultural body and is responsible for establishing policies within the framework of agricultural laws for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. As part of that role, the eight-member Board approves rules and regulations, sets program priorities and approves budget requests.

The policies set by this Board affect the state's agricultural community and, therefore, state law mandates that the members of the Board must be people who are involved in producing farm crops or livestock products. In carrying out its responsibilities during the year, the Board held special public meetings and participated in other farm and agriculture-related activities to become fully aware of the issues facing agriculture.

State Board committees focused on challenges facing agriculture during the year, especially wildlife damage and control; additional risk management tools to help New Jersey farmers weather market and crop losses; water management issues; establishment of an ethanol production facility in New Jersey; and encouraging participation of Pinelands farmers in the state Farmland Preservation Program.

Steven R. Jany, a Mercer County grain/forage grower, was elected president and Abbott W. Lee, a Burlington County fruit grower, was named vice-president of the State Board of Agriculture in July 2000. Two new Board members, George Dean, Gloucester County, and Stephen P. Dey, II, DVM, Monmouth County, representing New Jersey's nursery and equine industries, respectively, took their seats on the Board. Other Board members were Douglas Zee, Gloucester County, fruit industry; Thomas A. Brodhecker, Sussex County, grain/forage; David J. Kanach, Somerset County, dairy; and Russell J. Marino, Gloucester County, fruit industry.

All Board members are elected at the State Agricultural Convention, nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the New Jersey Senate.

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