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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Andrzejczak & Caride Bills to Protect and Promote New Jersey's Beekeeping Industry Heads to Governor
Bills Designed to Boost Key N.J. Agricultural Industry(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Bob Andrzejczak and Marlene Caride sponsored to protect and promote New Jersey's beekeeping industry and the vital role it plays in New Jersey's agricultural community cleared the final legislative hurdle on Monday with approval by the full Senate.
The three bills originated from the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee chaired by Andrzejczak. The General Assembly approved the measures last June.
"Bees are an essential part of agriculture nationwide, needed to pollinate about a third of the food people consume, including important New Jersey crops such as apples, blueberries, cantaloupes, cranberries, cucumbers, peaches, pumpkins, squash and strawberries," said Andrzejczak (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland). "Yet, we also know of the problems faced by the industry with a decline in the honey bee population. If we don't do more to protect this industry, our farming community may suffer irreparable harm. We cannot allow that to happen if we favor a strong New Jersey economy."