December 15, 2006

Croplands and woods co-exist on Howling Wolf Farm, a Foodshed Alliance member farm.

Photo courtesy Tara Bowers

Agritourism meets ecotourism in N.J. - By Tamara Jean Scully
AFP Correspondent - Blairstown - Wildlife and New Jersey small farmers are
Conservation efforts benefit farmers and environment - By Tamara Jean Scully - AFP Correspondent - Warren County - New Jersey farmers are
New Jersey grazing group visits farm in River Bend - Peapack - A small but innovative group of
Pumpkin school set for Jan. 25 - WESTHAMPTON - Pumpkins are an important crop in
Murray named top equestrian of year at Farm Bureau summit - TRENTON - Kaitlyn Murray, a 16-year-old North Warren Regional High School student was
State boosts preparedness for caring for livestock, pets in times of disasters - TRENTON - Five easily transportable trailers, filled with

December 1, 2006

Ben Jorritsma prepares to make biodiesel with crowd in background.

Photo by Tamara Scully

New Jersey Farm Bureau sets its priority list for 2007 - Trenton - The Highlands Council draft of its Regional Master Plan (RMP) and
Ideal Farm’s ideal fuel: homemade biodiesel - By Tamara Scully - AFP Correspondent - Lafayette Township - Ben Jorritsma’s homemade brew is
Cook College taps Robson new director for NJAES - New Brunswick - Thirty-three years after he
Farming with veggie oil - The biodiesel movement is heating up - By Tamara Scully - AFP Correspondent - Lafayette Township - Gathering at the
Fruit and vegetable growers to meet Jan. 30 - HERSHEY, Pa. - “The Family Farm - Competing in a
Cougle named 2007 N. Jersey Agricultural Fair Ambassador - TRENTON - Emma Cougle, a 17-year-old honor
NJDA lauded for ’07’s best state Web site - TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA) recently was

November 15, 2006

Dale Cruzan III, center, takes time to pose with his parents, Dale Cruzan Jr. and Annette Cruzan.

Photo courtesy New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Cruzan honored at national FFA convention - INDIANAPOLIS - Dale Cruzan III of Bridgeton was
NJDA enacts new quarantines in equine herpes case - Horse formerly at Monmouth Park tests positive at Ringoes
State farmers get awarded $230,000 in USDA grants - New Brunswick - The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded
Simmental N.J. breeder wins honor - Bozeman, Mont. - Kevin W. Bishop of Elmer, N.J., recently had
New Jersey farmers, chefs attend World Meeting of Food Communities in Italy - By Mikey Azzara - (Editor’s Note: Mikey Azzara is the Outreach Coordinator for Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Jersey.) - TORINO, Italy - Imagine walking into
Census reveals evolving New Jersey aquaculture industry - TRENTON - The number of aquaculture farms in
168-acre East Amwell farm purchased by young farmer - EAST AMWELL - It wasn’t all that long ago that

November 1, 2006

From left to right, New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Secretary Charles Kuperus takes a break to pose with Assemblymen Francis Bodine, farmers Doug Fisher and Stephen Lee IV, and Cook College dean Robert Goodman.

Photo courtesy New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Corzine announces preservation of 150,000 farm acres - NORTH HANOVER - New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine announced the
Ludescher promoted to dean at Cook College - NEW BRUNSWICK - Rick Ludescher, professor in
State legislators observe cranberry harvest - TRENTON - A group of New Jersey legislators visited
Ag museum celebrates 23rd anniversary - By PETER J. FUREY
Special to The New Jersey Farmer (Editor’s Note: Peter J. Furey is executive director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau.) - NEW BRUNSWICK - The
$230,000 awarded in grants to help New Jerseys farmers - New Brunswick - The U.S. Department of
Agricultural Society Raffle to aid leadership development program - New Brunswick - People interested can support the
In search of the Garden State - By Charles H. Harrison I am a New Jersey native, having spent roughly the

October 15, 2006


Besides headliners such as Willie Nelson and Neil Young, the Sept. 30 FarmAid concert held at the Tweeter Center in Camden provided a forum to discuss agricultural policy and to raise awareness about family farms.

Photo by Sharon Kinsey

Farm Aid concert draws 25,000 fans to Camden - CAMDEN - Artists performing at Farm Aid 2006 on
Study: Agritourism key to state’s agricultural future - MORRISTOWN - A Rutgers University Food Policy Institute study of


From left to right, Commerce Secretary Virginia Bauer and New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles Kuperus chat with farm owner Ken Wightman at Wightman’s Farms.
Photo courtesy New Jersey Department of Agriculture

Ag agents have peach of a time in Michigan - By JEROME L. FRECON - Agricultural Agent, Rutgers - BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Dr. Dan Ward, Extension Specialist in
People: Our most Valuable Extension Education Product - By Jack Rabin (Editor’s Note: Jack Rabin is the Associate Director for Farm Services of the New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program) - Since 1995, Agricultural Leadership may

October 1, 2006

Brennan Starkey grows about 300 acres of spinach for fresh market. He said his crop is about a week away from its scheduled harvest.
Photo by Sean Clougherty

Mid-Atlantic deals with national spinach scare - FDA: Crop outside of Calif. not implicated in current E. coli outbreak - By SEAN CLOUGHERTY - Staff Writer - Spinach harvest is
Kuperus: Jersey Fresh spinach safe - TRENTON - New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus welcomed the
NJFB pleased with FDA declaration - TRENTON - “The FDA’s declaration that spinach grown outside a
Two horses fall to West Nile virus in two-day span - TRENTON - New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus announced
Farmers, Kiwanis Club members gather - CLAYTON - A tradition of more than 75 years continued on
State looking for Outstanding Young Farmer nominees - TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is
Penns Grove H.S. teacher one of four semifinalists - Carneys Point - The National FFA Organization recently named
Biotechnology High charters state’s 37th FFA chapter - FREEHOLD - Agricultural education has grown to

September 15, 2006

Emily Sigle, 12, of Delaware Township, and Jade, her Jersey calf, born April 22, are reading an article about polo after setting up for the Hunterdon County 4-H Fair in Ringoes last month.
Photo by Jane Primerano

Three former NRCS chiefs hail ag bill’s introduction - Washington, D.C. - Three former chiefs of the
Solar panels illustrate latest example of Blews' innovations - By JANE PRIMERANO - RARITAN TOWNSHIP - Innovation has always been an
NJALDP’s sixth class to start its second phase of program - After a summer hiatus, Class 6 of the
'Ashley’s Turkey Farm' among Food and Farm Open House - By JANE PRIMERANO - MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP - Old Timers in
Frankford Township awarded $40,000 state grant - FRANKFORD TOWNSHIP - The State Transfer of Development Rights Bank Board has
Blews resort to electric gate to deter deer from family’s farm - By JANE PRIMERANO - RARITAN TOWNSHIP - Entering Oak Grove farm feels a


OBITUARY - Timothy John Kern, 23

September 1, 2006

Kathy Connelongo has created a 28-acre haven for elderly and impaired horses in East Amwell Township.
Photo by Jane Primerano

Legislators tour Salem County farms - By SHARON KINSEY - Woodstown - It was a picture-perfect day to
17 counties get declared disaster areas from floods - TRENTON - United States Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns has
Cannelongo creates haven for impaired, ederly horses - By JANE PRIMERANO - EAST AMWELL TOWNSHIP - New Jersey’s farmers pride
Meeting Bush a highlight of trip to D.C. - By ALISON KEGGAN
New Jersey State FFA Vice President - WASHINGTON D.C. - He is one of the most
Cook College student selected as FFA national proficiency finalist - New Brunswick - Dale Cruzan III, a
Federal and state officials commemorate Farmers’ Market Week in Hudson County - KEARNY - New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus and

August 15, 2006

Laurissa Domin, 15, of Belvidere, keeps Ben, a Hanoveran, cool and clean at the Warren County Farmers Fair. A member of Little Derby 4-H Club, Laurissa and Ben compete in English and Western events.
(Photo by Jame Primerano)

Warren Co. staying true to ideal of farmers' fair - By JANE PRIMERANO - Phillipsburg - It bills itself as the last of
State eyes exceptional peach crop this season - Trenton - This season’s "Jersey Fresh" peach crops are
Farm with deep roots in thoroughbred industry permanently preserved - COLTS NECK TOWNSHIP - Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus announced
SCCA would support N.J. agriculture industries - WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) announced his
Taste of Somerset draws 100 supporters - By SHARON KINSEY - SOMERSET - More than 100 supporters gathered on
Hunterdon County 4-H & Ag Fair has plenty to offer - RINGOES - Racing pigs and needlework and quilt shows are
'We are at the height of the Jersey Fresh produce season' - ROSELLE PARK - New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus spoke

August 1, 2006

Farm-Rite, located in Shiloh highlighted its ClubCar, Jacto sprayers, JCB skid steers, and various irrigation equipment including Netafim drip, Bauer reels and Valley pivots at the Penn-Allied Nursery Trade Show in Atlantic City last month. PANTS has grown into one of the largest nursery trade shows on the East Coast.
(Photo by Dani Heinold)

Open space funds nearly gone 2 years ahead of time - MANSFIELD (AP) - With a program so successful it’s
Wineries and restaurants join to boost Jersey Fresh - Pennington - New Jersey wineries, restaurants and farmers are
Del. state fair used biodiesel to power rides - By SEAN CLOUGHERTY - HARRINGTON, Del. - This year at the Delaware State Fair, farmers
NRCS: 2007 Farm Bill Programs still being accepted - Somerset - It's not too soon to contact your local
Farmers' market opens in Freehold Borough - FREEHOLD BOROUGH - Freehold Borough residents and

July 15, 2006

Ed and Roy Gaventa of A.L. Gaventa & Sons inspect a peach tree at the end of April.

(Photo courtsey of Jeff Beach/New Jersey Department of Agriculture)

Dept. of Agriculture a victim of government shutdown - By KEVIN GEORGE - TRENTON - The New Jersey Department of Agriculture returned to
Producers reminded to do acreage reports soon - Woodstown - Participating agricultural producers are
Peach industry leaders envision sweeter times - By JEFF BEACH - There’s something new growing in the
Schnetzer off to Iowa for NCF program - Trenton - The New Jersey Farm Bureau recently honored
Hillman named NJAES associate director for research - New Brunswick, N.J. - Brad Hillman has been
Project Grass hosts soggy pasture walk - By JANE PRIMERANO - HOPE TOWNSHIP - NJ Project Grass labeled the

July 1, 2006

New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles Kuperas, second from left, speaks to members of the Roof family on their farm on June 26. From left to right, Freeholder Glen Ventrano, Kuperas, Leon Roof, Elsie Roof and Gus Roof.
(Photo courtesy Sussex County Farmland Preservation Program)

Sussex farm puts preserved land past 10,000 acres - STILLWATER - New Jersey hit a milestone on May 26 when
Ag teachers gather for 25th annual conference - By KEVIN GEORGE - ATLANTIC CITY - The National Agriculture in
Restaurants to promote food grown in New Jersey - TRENTON - New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus and
FMI exposure has companies happy as clams - CHICAGO - Jason Schnoor knew he was bringing a
Take a tour of Garden State Wine Trail in July - Wind your way along a Garden State Wine Trail for
Ocean Township awarded $40,000 state grant to help develop TDR plan - OCEAN TOWNSHIP - The State TDR Bank Board has
Surf's up for ag leadership program - By MIKE AZZARA
and SHARON KINSEY - On June 8-9, Class VI of the

June 15, 2006

Mary Jo Herbert pauses to enjoy time with horses bred at her farm.

Annual peach festival set for late July - Clayton - Not only is Gloucester County the largest
Equine leaders, agriculture department are seeking horseracing winner’s circle - By JEFF BEACH - Mary Jo Herbert is one of those
Funding for food business incubator site now complete - New Brunswick - The Rutgers Food Innovation Center has been
NJALDP’s Class VI takes on Washington D.C. - By David Kimmel - It is not Capitol Hill or Congress you’ll be
15-year-old Horzepa named top pony jumper in country - By Mary Elizabeth Horzepa - CINCINNATI — In January of this year I had the

June 1, 2006

Chippy, the Pony-club Shetland, stands in the barbecue line waiting with Carly Friendlich, 16, of Flemington. She was babysitting him for owner Anna Matalevo.
Photo by Jane Primerano

GSPT approves $116.7 million for farmland preservation - TRENTON - The Garden State Preservation Trust (GSPT) recently approved the
Sparse rains beneficial to growers of asparagus - Trenton - "Asparagus has a long tradition as the
Hunterdon tries first attempt at horse expo - By JANE PRIMERANO - RINGOES - Horses are big business in
High Tech returns to Environthon to defend title - MANAPALAN - A group of high school students had
Cummings receives Rutgers' 2006 Award for Excellence - NEW BRUNSWICK - Mary Cummings, program associate with
Kuperas accepts honor on behalf of Department of Agriculture - SEA BRIGHT - New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus received
Mount receives N.J. Ag Society's President's Award - At its annual dinner, April 7, the New Jersey Agricultural Society honored

May 15, 2006

From left, Sharon Flaim of Flaim Farms in Vineland, Jason Halpern, Ava Nowak and Pam Castellini greet customers with a smile at Collingswood's Farmers' Market opening day on May 6.
Photo by Sharon Kinsey

American Farmland Trust releases recommendations - WASHINGTON D.C. - On the same week as the 73rd anniversary of
Farmer-chef events build community, boost sales - PRINCETON - From sheep herders and clam farmers to
Dozens of farmers' markets blanket state - By SHARON KINSEY - COLLINGSWOOD - Spring's abundance was on
Horse groups working to let public know about 25 mph - By JANE PRIMERANO - Add another to the list of problems caused by
Jersey Fresh four-day event planned for first week of June - TRENTON - One of the nation’s top eventing
Secretary visits five farms on Jersey Fresh planting tour - TRENTON - New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus, along
Wine growers' association tastes the fruits of its labor - By Pegi Ballister-Howells - WATERLOO VILLAGE — The Garden State Wine Growers Association is

May 1, 2006

Sheep that have been shorn rest in a holding pen.

Kuperus announces cost-share deer fencing - TRENTON - New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus has
Shearing Festival delivers in many ways - By JANE PRIMERANO - LONG VALLEY- "Triplets!" a small voice
It is Samaha’s right to be able to fire off cannon - By Bob Jordan
Courtesey Asbury Park Press - COLTS NECK - An appellate panel
Boone receives Society President’s Award - TRENTON - At its annual dinner the New Jersey Agricultural Society honored
SADC able to preserve 42-acre organic farm - HILLSBOROUGH TOWNSHIP - New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus has announced
Pa. farmer gives up dairy business as milk profit sags - WATTSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Dairy cows, like professional athletes, are

April 15, 2006


Dairy calves, heifers, and beef stocker/feeders require a more aggressive strategy because worms shed eggs earlier wahen their host is a younger animal.


N.J.-raised spring lamb can become profitable - Trenton — Cute cuddly lambs may be springtime poster babies, but
Parasites could eat into profits in grazing season - LANCASTER, Pa. — Parasites have long proven their
SADC on lookout to preserve farm land - TRENTON — The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) is
Cook College ready for 88th annual Ag Field Day - New Brunswick — Cook College’s 88th Annual Ag Field Day will
Possom Trot debuts at Barn Dance - Sergeantsville — What’s a Possom Trot? No
Crop insurance deadline for N.J. nursery policies nears - By DAVID LEE SALEM COUNTY, AGRICULTURAL AGENT, AND KRIS SMOLENSKI, PROGRAM ASSISTANT - New Jersey nursery producers should be aware
102-acre Medford farm rich in history is preserved - MEDFORD TOWNSHIP — Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus has

April 1, 2006

Cook hosts Junior Breeder and Young Farmer Symposium - NEW BRUNSWICK — Cook College hosted the
First Farmland Preservation Summit draws 200 partners - NEW BRUNSWICK — Two-hundred farmland preservation partners from
Using municipal-collected leaves benefits Muth farm - BY JACK RABIN - GLASSBORO — Many years ago Bob Muth recognized that his
Four-day conference draws from five states - By Pegi Ballister-Howells - READING, Penn. — The Mid-Atlantic Direct Marketing Conference on
Carter receives honor for Distinguished Service - Cape May Court House — The Cape May County Board of
Wightman tabbed top fruit grower - The New Jersey State Horticultural Society recently

March 15, 2006

Ethanol plant looks to be on its way to Bridgeton - BRIDGETON (AP) — A group of farmers is
Annual land conservation rally features guest Babbitt - NEW BRUNSWICK — Former Presidential candidate
Township gets grant for Smart Growth - By JANE PRIMERANO - Many municipalities have Community Day or
Agricultural convention backs green energy efforts - ATLANTIC CITY — Atlantic City’s newest eye-popping attraction rises
Middlesex 4-H’er travels to compete in Kentucky event - By MARYLEE SHALAYDA - This past November, I had the opportunity and
Garden State aims to boost its ag image - By Pegi Ballister-Howells Eat Drink New Jersey is an idea that has

March 1, 2006

Preserving South Jersey farmers – not just the farms - For many New Jersey farmers, the difference between being
USDA and First Pioneer present first ever Youth Leadership Award - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — with First Pioneer Farm Credit to
Hockenbury named New Jersey Farm Bureau Woman of the Year - By JANE PRIMERANO - There is a saying, “If you want
NRCS offers $250,000 for 2006 New Jersey conservation innovation grants competition - SOMERSET — Projects that address natural resource concerns or
Adapting to change brings market opportunities to New Jersey farmers - You might expect the most popular product of
United Agri Products brings potato growers together in A.C. - By SEAN CLOUGHERTY - Potato growers from all over the northeastern United States met

February 15, 2006

USDA announces CRP re-enrollments and extensions for eligible producers in 2007 - BORDENTOWN — Paul Hlubik, executive director of USDA’s Farm Service
Raritan Watershed farmers can apply for benefits through the Conservation Security Program - SOMERSET — Tony Kramer, New Jersey State Conservationist for
'Economics of Fruit Production and Managing Risk' theme of South Jersey tree fruit meeting - CLAYTON — “The Economics of Tree Fruit Production and
Mickleton’s Beth Pool meets with Ag Secretary Johanns - WASHINGTON, D.C. — Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns met
FFA officers view agriculture abroad - BY DALE CRUZAN, KRISTINA JONES, AND DAN DELCHER
NJ STATE FFA OFFICERS - Winter break is a time when most college
New Jersey's Outstanding Young Farmer keeps family business thriving - TRENTON — Joe Marino realizes it’s a

February 1, 2006

Kuperus renamed as New Jersey Agriculture Secretary - TRENTON – New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine has
2006 New Jersey State Agriculture Convention gets under way February 6-8 in Atlantic City - TRENTON – The 2006 Annual New Jersey State
VGANJ convention brings issues to the fore’front - BY PEGI BALLISTER HOWELLS - The 51st Vegetable Growers Association of
NRCS offers $1.03 million for wildlife habitat improvement in New Jersey - SOMERSET – USDA, Natural Resources Conservation
FFA chapter from Allentown takes home the awards - ALLENTOWN – The 78th National FFA Convention was
FSA adresses New Jersey vegetable growers - By Dann Stuart, Mid-Atlantic and NE Area Public Affairs Specialist - The Vegetable Growers Association of
Agriculture department forms vegetable task force - TRENTON – Vegetable growing, the second-largest sector of
Salem County farmer appointed to State Farmland Preservation Board - John H. Coombs, an eighth-generation farmer from

January 15, 2006

New Jersey farm meets the challenge of changing agriculture - TRENTON, N.J. – The knock at the door took
New Jersey’s organic farming group annual winter conference on tap - PENNINGTON, N.J. – Each year, Bob Muth cultivates about
Equine Science Center to develop “Best Management Practices” horse farm - NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The Equine Science Center, in
Agricultural development initiative aims to elevate farm viability in New Jersey - Preserving and reinvigorating New Jersey agriculture has
Leaders honored for contributions to agriculture - Joyce and Richard Mood, direct farm marketers from

January 1, 2006

Kuperus wages fight against hunger - Visits highlight need for continued efforts - NEWARK, N.J. — New Jersey
New Jersey farm is turning ocean breezes into electricity - ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Which structures on the
Rutgers announces 2006 environmental steward training registration opening - NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers Cooperative Research and
Jersey hunter bags record bear - NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — It took Mark Utter one shot to
Jersey growers fare well in corn contest - New Jersey growers made a solid showing in