The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for monitoring issues that affect parks, farmland preservation, water resources and the growing agricultural industry.
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***MULTIMEDIA PACKAGE*** Andrzejczak Tours Cape May County Aquaculture Industry
Part of an Ongoing Series of Visits to Different Agriculture Regions across the Garden StateAssemblyman Robert Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland), the chairman of the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee issued a multimedia package Friday of highlights from his tour of aquaculture research centers and farm locations throughout Cape May County.
The aquaculture tour is part of an ongoing series of tours of New Jersey's varied and diverse farming industry that the agriculture panel is conducting throughout the state. The tour series, conceived by Andrzejczak, is intended to help members of his committee get a first-hand look at the various types of research, farming and food processing that makes up the backbone of the state's agriculture and agro tourism industries. It is his hope that this will help give the committee members a better understanding of the specific issues facing New Jersey farmers and the type of legislation that may be necessary to maintain the state's position as the Garden State.
Singleton & Andrzejczak Legislation to Promote Locally-Grown Produce in Schools Clears PanelLegislation Assembly Democrats Troy Singleton and Sgt. Bob Andrzejczak sponsored to encourage schools to buy locally-sourced foods was approved by an Assembly panel.
"Local food is fresher, more nutritious and supports New Jersey farmers and their families, which means this legislation will fuel both young minds and local economies," said Singleton (D-Burlington). …
Burzichelli Bill to Allow Certain Preserved Farmlands to Establish Microenterprises Clears First Legislative Hurdle(TRENTON) - An Assembly panel recently approved legislation sponsored by John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem) to encourage the viability of preserved farmlands in the state.
Designated as the "New Jersey Rural Microenterpise Act," the intent of the legislation is to help certain owners of preserved farmlands to expand the economic activity in manner consistent with the objectives of the state's farmland preservation program.
"There is a way to help the owners of historically preserved farmlands become more self-sustainable and still protect agricultural structures and the public investment into farmland preservation," Burzichelli said. "We have seen vineyards and farms create a vehicle to economic growth and stability through microenterprises. The owners who oversee the preservation of New Jersey's most historic agricultural sites should be given the same opportunity."
Burzichelli Bill to Strengthen Legal Protections for Farmers Advanced by Assembly PanelLegislation sponsored by Assemblyman John Burzichelli to strengthen the legal protections provided to farmers under the "Right to Farm Act" was approved by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"Farmers face enough day-to-day challenges trying to keep their operations economically viable," said Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "We've been trying very hard in recent years to streamline regulatory requirements and eliminate unnecessary burdens for our farm industry. The last thing they need is to be mired in bills from meritless legal proceedings."
Assembly Panel Approves Riley Measure to Help Preserve Cranberry Production by Easing Burdensome Permit CostsLegislation sponsored by Assemblywoman Celeste Riley to ease some of the cost burdens for cranberry and blueberry harvesters in the Garden State was advanced by an Assembly panel on Monday.
"Some of our environmental regulations and associated costs have the potential to render cranberry production in New Jersey economically non-viable," said Riley (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/ Salem). "We need to do everything possible to maintain our reputation as the Garden State by helping cranberry and blueberry operations stay alive and thrive. The last thing we want to see are multi-generational family farms being forced to consider leaving New Jersey for places like the Eastern Canadian provinces."
Earned Sick Leave & Port Authority Reform Top Monday Assembly Committee MeetingsImproved Suicide Prevention, Help for Farmers, Apartment Building Generators, Regulating Drone Usage & Controlling Invasive Bamboo Also on Tap
Discussion Also Set on Improving Teacher Readiness
Two bills to reform the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and legislation to require businesses to provide earned sick leave to workers highlight Monday's Assembly hearings.
Also up are bills to improve suicide prevention training in schools, help farmers fight nuisance complaints, regulate drone usage, require generators for multiple-dwelling buildings and regulate the planting and sale of invasive and destructive running bamboo…