We’re reminded daily of the importance to New Jersey of the agricultural industry. And, although the days are long gone when farms covered the length and breadth of the Garden State, agriculture is still immensely important here. A measure of that was marked in a recent Assembly resolution to commend the 100 years in existence of the New Jersey Farm Bureau.
Established in 1919 as the New Jersey Council of County Boards of Agriculture, the bureau represents 12,000 farm families and affiliated agribusinesses, and works to strengthen farming across the state.
The resolution noted that the bureau is a grassroots, member-supported, nongovernmental organization that deals with all types of agricultural production from nursery to forestry, field crops to fruits and vegetables, apiaries to livestock and equine enterprises, wine growing to Christmas trees.
“This is the Garden State,” said Assemblyman Ron Dancer (R-Ocean). “Agriculture injects billions of dollars into the economy every year… The bureau works with its members to be the voice and representative for New Jersey agriculture in its many facets. Its influence is felt by legislators, public opinion makers and consumers alike.”