December 15, 2004

Craft named new director of farmland preservation agency - TRENTON, N.J. ‹ The State Agriculture Development Committee has named
Christmas tree season arrives in New Jersey - BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP ‹ Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus helped
Bush names Nebraska governor Johanns to head USDA - WASHINGTON (AP) ‹ President Bush has selected Nebraska Gov. Mike Johanns, a
Bear hunt put spotlight on wildlife in New Jersey - TRENTON, NJ ‹ Bears are in the cornfields, deer are
NJALDP spends time studying social issues in Paterson - By JUDY DEFIGLIO - Participants of class V of the NJALDP spent two

December 1, 2004

Farm Bureau ag poll results released at state convention - By JEFF MORELAND - EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. ‹ How do New Jersey residents feel about
Veneman resigns as U.S. ag secretary - WASHINGTON (AP) ‹ Ann Veneman, a peach farmer¹s daughter who
New princess plans to use her clout to promote dairy - By JEFF MORELAND - EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. ‹ She¹s got a shiny new crown and she¹s
New Jersey FFA president is not your average FFAer - By JEFF MORELAND - EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. ‹ She¹s no farm girl. She wasn¹t raised
USDA provides half-million in emergency conservation funding - BORDENTOWN, NJ, ­ Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has
New Jersey residents earn Honorary FFA degrees - LOUISVILLE, Ky. ‹ Sharon B. Kinsey of Stewartsville and
Blueberry farm to be protected from developers - NEWARK, N.J. (AP) ­ The state and Atlantic County have
8th generation farm wife fights to protect farmland - Holly Mackey grew up in Milford NJ and graduated from

November 15, 2004

Everett, family set to retire as farmers - By Jeff Moreland - He¹s been involved in New Jersey Farm Bureau for nearly 30 years, and

Ag Dept. to expand plastics recycling - By SHARON KINSEY - New Jersey¹s Agricultural Smart Growth Plan includes a
New Jersey Assembly to name new state soil - TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ‹ So, New Jersey lawmakers, what else ya
USDA Loan Deficiency Service available online - The U,S. Department of Agriculture has launched a
Tomato shortage caused by Florida hurricanes - By DAISY NGUYEN - Associated Press Writer - LOS ANGELES (AP) ‹ A nationwide tomato shortage brought on
Conference to focus on dairy replacement, nutrition programs - ITHACA, N.Y. ‹ A unique educational opportunity for dairy producers, their
Calf health on minds of dairy farmers - TRENTON, N.J. ‹ The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Rutgers Cooperative Extension are

Honorary American FFA Degree recipients from New Jersey included, left to right, Mr. Robert Gratz, superintendent of Newton Public Schools; Sharon Kinsey, chair, NJ FFA Foundation; and New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles Kuperus. The trio was recently recognized with the highest degree awarded to non-members at the 77th National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky.
Photo courtesy of FFA

November 1, 2004

Alpacas bring a different look to the New Jersey farm scene - By JANE PRIMERANO - Kris Ensminger is trying to talk
Two seek title of New Jersey Dairy Princess - As the 41st annual New Jersey State Dairy Princess Coronation gets
Hog¹s Island Sheep part of historic Seigle Homestead - By JANE PRIMERANO - Stone houses nest close to Warren County Route 627 as
Kuperus honored at FFA convention - TRENTON, N.J. ‹ New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus received
Dale Davis making a farm life with his family in New Jersey - By JUDY DEFIGLIO - Dale Davis grew up in a farming community in

October 15, 2004

New Jersey issues first-ever aquatic farming license - TUCKERTON, N.J. ‹ New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus issued
Sparacio family honored as Deerfield Township Farmer of the Year - ROSENHAYN, N.J. ‹ The Sparacio family of
Giuliani to speak at American Farm Bureau convention - WASHINGTON, D.C. ‹ The man who boldly led
USDA announces 2005 DCP enrollment is underway - HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. ‹ Virginia Brophy, Acting County Executive Director of USDA¹s Farm Service Agency in Warren County, N.J., has announced that
NJALP pays visit to Trenton - By JUDY DEFIGLIO - The New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Program under the
Jersey Fresh fall produce in season at supermarkets and farm stands - TRENTON, N.J. ‹ Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus has

October 1, 2004

New York farmer making new strides in pest control - By JEF MORELAND - LYONS, N.Y. ‹ First came reality television. Now,
Flooding from recent rains damage crops across state - By SHARON KINSEY - Warren County residents may have
Kuperus kicks off agri-tourism season in New Jersey - EAST WINDSOR ­ New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus has
Penn. man growing them big in his back yard - PENN RUN, Pa. (AP) ‹ An avid gardener for more
Nutrition policy sets students on the right track for healthy eating - By CHARLES M. KUPERUS - Secretary of Agriculture New Jersey - When it comes to helping children make
Gutowski works for fishing industry across New Jersey - By JUDY DEFIGLIO - Who says you can¹t
New Jersey ag leadership program group takes tour of Rutgers labs - By JUDY DEFIGLIO - The New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program, under
Ag business risks could be on the rise, experts say - By SHARON KINSEY - Risks associated with operating an
Kuperus receives award for leadership - WOODBRIDGE, N.J. ‹ New Jersey Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus has

September 15, 2004

Building a better berry - By JUDY MCBRIDE - Across the United States, experimental plots are
Ag leadership program shows promise, progress - By SHARON KINSEY - Last fall, Dr. Keith Diem and Dr. Mary Powers Nikola of
National Farm Safety and Health Week set for Sept. 19-25 - What does this year's National Farm Safety and
Jersey farmers being connected to more local markets - TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Ñ New Jersey farmers, squeezed by

September 1, 2004

Growers taste, evaluate heirloom tomatoes at Rutgers' field day - By JOE COLANERO - Media coverage on heirloom tomatoes hasn't.....
Changes to FSA county committee elections proposed - BORDENTOWN, N.J. ‹ Paul J. Hlubik, executive director for
Asian longhorned beetles bugging Jersey farmers
TRENTON ‹ Additional infestations of Asian longhorned beetles were
Questions remain on grounds of Parmalat lawsuit - CHICAGO (AP) ‹ Italian dairy company Parmalat sued
Heavy rains not dampening spirits of most Jersey farmers - TRENTON, N.J. (AP) Ñ Despite frequent, often-heavy rains this

August 15, 2004

Highlands Water Act signed into law - By TERRENCE DOPP - The Express-Times - TRENTON -- Gov. James E. McGreevey was scheduled Aug.10 to
Students become happy campers at urban center - By SHARON KINSEY - More than 20 students from New Jersey's largest
Lusscroft Farm fate in question - BY SHARON KINSEY- In 1931 Montclair stockbroker James Turner donated
Ag leaders study aquaculture, fishery in South Jersey - Twenty-one NJALDP ag leadership participants from
Hopewell Valley High takes third in envirothon - State winners finish strong at North America¹s largest environmental education competition
NJDA confirms presence of Asian longhorn beetle - TRENTON ‹ New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Charles M. Kuperus confirmed
Farmers fight the battle against hunger - By SHARON KINSEY Devlen Mackey of Mackey's Orchards in

August 1, 2004

Crop loss at 50 percent as storms pound south Jersey - By SHARON KINSEY - Tabernacle saw six inches of rain fall in
State¹s peach growers shine spotlight on their sweet fruit - MULLICA HILL ‹ The Garden State¹s peaches were
Jersey farmer hits the television airwaves - By SHARON KINSEY - WRIGHTSTOWN, ‹ Wrightstown vegetable farmer
State sued by animal rights groups, humane society - A coalition of animal rights groups have filed
Hauser is Middlesex farmer of the year - EAST BRUNSWICK ‹ The Middlesex County Board of
Cook College offers forage tour for farmers, veterinarians - NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Ñ Do you know how to

July 15, 2004

Scientists make new cranberry - New berry available by end of summer - MADISON, Wis. (AP) Ñ A new kind of cranberry which
Salem County farmers learn risk management - By SHARON KINSEY - Risk is a word often associated with
Kuperus announces additional funds for farm conservation HAMMONTON, N.J. Ñ Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus recently -
Farm worker clinics serving unseen population - ELLENTON, Ga. (AP) Ñ Workers who harvest GeorgiaÕs fruit and
Guest Editorial - Making a difference in Highlands Act - By Richard Nieuwenhuis
New Jersey Farm Bureau President

July 1, 2004

Cowtown Rodeo starts 50th season - By JEFF MORELAND - PILESGROVE, N.J. ‹ Grant Harris¹ office smells of
'Cowboy up'for his country - By JEFF MORELAND - PILESGROVE, N.J. ‹ Gary Curran doesn¹t know
ŒJersey Fresh¹ program celebrates 20th season - TRENTON, N.J. ‹ The Jersey Fresh promotional and
Ocean Spray wins in court - Washington, DC ‹ The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives is
Improving communication with your Spanish-speaking employees - Communication is an important component of any
End of the dairy herd - ÊBy SHARON DUCKWORTH KINSEY - When youÕre a kid, you never think

June 15, 2004

Stars and Stripes 4-H show a hit - By JEFF MORELAND - STONE TAVERN, NJ ‹ The 4-H program is.....
Highlands Act expected to pass Assembly, Senate - By SHARON KINSEY- By the time this edition of The New Jersey Farmer has....
State¹s second-largest cranberry farm saved - PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP ‹ Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus today....
Cook College professor receives special service award - New Brunswick, NJ ‹ Dr. Carl Pray, professor of agriculture, food and resource economics a....
Sharing his space with his pets - By JEFF MORELAND - Tommy Majewski shares his room with his....
Jeepers, this pet is a creeper - By JEFF MORELAND - Some kids are forced to
Legislation gives farmers more financial protection - New Jersey farmers have greater financial protection in

June 1, 2004

Highlands issue remains hot topic for land owners and law makers - By SHARON KINSEY - Debate regarding the Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act continues as the
FFA turns 75 in Jersey - By SHARON KINSEY - Leslie Applegate was a teenage farm boy from Freehold, N.J., in
Jersey cranberry growers take key vote on a merger - Co-op members mull a PepsiCo proposal under which their independence would die on the vine
State FFA convention draws crowd near 500 - By SHARON KINSEY -  Close to 500 people gathered....
Rutgers publishes equine operation practices guidelines - NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. ‹ Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the....

May 15, 2004

Name that town - - Richland changes name to honor local mint-farming family - By JEFF MORELAND - If you¹re planning a visit to the quaint little town of Richland, N.J., in ....
New Jersey's deer herd tests negative for CWD - TRENTON- Department of Environmental ....
Cook College faculty members to design park for 2008 Olympics - Steven Handel, Center for Urban Restoration....
4-H students learn valuable life-based lessons - When students from Holy Cross School in....
Hunterdon presents awards - FRENCHTOWN, N.J. ‹ The Hunterdon County Soil Conservation District held its....
Cook College honors three with lifetime recognition awards

May 1, 2004

Cook College's 87th annual field day - By KILEY SLAGLE - BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Eighty-seven years ago, the......
Plastics recycling program teaches baling skills
By SHARON KINSEY - Last month, Johnson Farms in
New Jersey Farm Bureau news briefs - STATE LEGISLATION - The bill raising the minimum bonding coverage for
Corn growers support ESA counterpart regulation - In comments submitted this week to

April 15, 2004

'Highlands' order nearing enactment - By SHARON KINSEY - The Highlands Water Protection and Planning Act is
The 'bear necessities' - By SHARON KINSEY - Last month the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of
Gloucester County grower receives states outstanding fruit grower award
Equine auction on tap at Rutgers

April 1, 2004
‘Jersey Grown’ campaign proposed by NJDA - By ROBERT AMBERG - The nation’s premier state agricultural marketing program, “Jersey Fresh,” hits
Highlands and state legislation issues top Farm Bureau agenda - Highlands
Legislative leaders welcomed the Highlands task
‘Honey Brook’ moves forward - Organic farmer Jim Kinsel and Swep Davis, chairman of the
Champions abound at state ‘Dairy Bowl’ competitions - North Burlington High School 10th graders Melissa Wainwright and Aaron Preidel last
It is no surprise that James Tweed found his - It is no surprise that James Tweed found his
Recycling program shows once again farmers are stewards of the land - After seven years and 1,367 tons of
Foodshed Alliance workshop =“Farming that Makes Cents” - By JANE PRIMERANO - Representatives of the Foodshed Alliance of

March 15, 2004

Parmalat still milking in the parlor - By SHARON KINSEY - The saga continues with

Pinelands easements total nearly 4,000 acres - Burlington County Freehold ave agreed to appraise nine

Brodhecker outstanding in his field - By SHARON KINSEY- Around Sussex County, Phil Brodhecker is

NE Organic Farming Association workshop March 26 A community-based livestock handling workshop is

McGreevey budget funds important school breakfast program By CHARLES M. KUPERUS- When we send our children off

First Pioneer Farm Credit has put nearly $16 million in dividend checks in the mail - By KILEY SLAGLE - Nearly $16 million in dividend checks were

2004 Commodity Classic attendance smashes record - This yearÕs Commodity Classic last week in

March 1, 2004

Resolutions come to order at state conventionBy ROBERT AMBERG - Nurserymen and growers from across
Feds kick in cost-share for crop insurance to New Jersey farmers – sign up deadline March 15 - Farmers in New Jersey who sign up for crop insurance by
Birds test positive for AI - Four of New Jersey’s 30 urban live bird markets have tested
Multi-State nursery and greenhouse film recycling program announced by New Jersey - New Jersey’s 2004 nursery and greenhouse film
Practice safety when it comes to Avain influenza - Dear New Jersey Poultry Producer:
Poultry producers can limit bird flu spread with good bio-security - Now that early signs of

February 15, 2004

Gov. McGreevey signs agreement on water quality in N.J. - Building on his efforts to protect water quality,
H7 avian influenza found in Kent and Sussex counties of Delaware - By CAROL KINSLEY - Avian influenza — not the strain affecting humans in
$75,000 in grants awarded in Gloucester County - By JOE COLANERO - A gathering took place at
Mad cow has confidence stirred, but not shaken- According to a recent survey of 1,001 adults conducted by
Eagle Scout project sheds a new imageBy JANE PRIMERANO - Berkeley Heights hasnÕt been a farming community in
StateÕs FFA president believes in the future of agricultural
PRESIDENT NEW JERSEY FFA - This is a year for celebration for agriculture and
Belizean marketer addresses vegetable growers - By SHARON KINSEY - Buy BelizeanÕ is the marketing push for such
NJSAA chooses Sikorski as representative - Samantha Sikorski of Frankford Township was
Parlimentarian White goes abroad to learn - By HEATHER WHITE - As the New Jersey State FFA Parliamentarian, I
Hackettstown farm has been in the family since 1906 - NJALD - Profile - Greg Donaldson

February 1, 2004

Parmalat the good, bad and ugly- By SHARON KINSEY - Shockwaves are still running through the business world as further details unfold about ....
Beef quality assurance training programs in Feb.
Beef and dairy producers located in New Jersey are encouraged to attend the
Haygrove Co-owner gave lowdown on high tunnels - By JOE COLANERO - John Berry, co-owner of Haygrove Ltd. from
Jennifer Yanevich outstanding FFA member for December in New Jersey - Jennifer Yanevich, a senior at piscataway Vocational High School and a
Dr. William Sciarappa chairs Heritage Crops Session - By JOE COLANERO - Dr. William Sciarappa, Monmouth County Extension ag agent, and
Survey addresses perceptions of traceability in organic ag- By DR. EDMUND TAVERNIER
Rutgers University - The finding of mad cow disease in the
Lee Rain and Hunter farm receive awards at the NJVGC - By SHARON KINSEY - The Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey honored two
Dial 1- 800 . . . for crop insurance - By DAVID LEE
County Agricultural Agent
RCE of Salem County
The Garden State Crop Insurance Education Initiative recently

January 15, 2004

20,000 acres preserved in 2003 - Gov. James E. McGreevey announced last week
Pilesgrove Township farmers outraged - By JOE COLANERO - At a year-end Pilesgrove Township Planning Board meeting on
Animal IDs on the way? - News of a single dairy cow in
New Jersey Ag Convention opens February 2 - The 89th annual New Jersey Agriculture Convention opens
Highlights on New Jersey Agricultural Leadership Development Program - By JUDY DEFIGLIO - A new class of the New Jersey Agricultiral Leadership Development Program is
Invitations issued for MADMC ¹04 - After years of having direct farm marketers visiting

January 1, 2004

Sixteen counties in New Jersey declared disaster areas - Paul J. Hlubik, executive director of USDA¹s Service Agency in New Jersey, a
MANTS in Baltimore, Md., will have the nursery industry Œa buzz¹- By CARYL VELISEK - Nurseries from as far away as the West Coast will
USDA awards $150,900 in grants for value-added development projects - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $150,900 in
Controversial bear hunt proves to be a success - By SHARON KINSEY - It had been 33 years since the last bear hunt took place in
$150,000 in funds, slated for water study in Burlington Co. - Water study Burlington County will receive $150,000 in federal funds through a grant agree
1st farmland preserved in the Pinelands - Burlington County Freeholders agreed to permanently preserve a
Winter workshops offer variety of useful information -
By JANE PRIMERANO - The ³slow² season for farming in New Jersey a
Ethanol plans on the move in N.J.- By KILEY SLAGLE - Updates on New Jersey¹s $60 million investment in an
Kristina Jones is outstanding N.J. FFA ŒMember of the Month¹ - Kristina Jones, a junior at Piscataway Vocational High School and resident of