February 2, 2015

(TRENTON, NJ) ― The 100th New Jersey State Agricultural Convention and Trade Show will be held February 3-5 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is hosting the convention in cooperation with the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey and Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

The 2015 convention and trade show will open on Tuesday, February 3, with educational sessions held by the Vegetable Growers Association. Highlights from the program include sessions on ethnic and specialty crops in demand by chefs, growing vine crops in high tunnels, choosing tomato varieties, pest management for organic operations and retail marketing and agritourism. There also will be in-depth workshops on food safety and growing wine grapes.

The New Jersey State Agricultural Convention will open on Wednesday, February 4 and will include New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher’s annual State of the State of Agriculture address, presentations on the Farm to School program and pollinators, award presentations and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno’s speech to the delegates.

On Thursday, there will be updates from representatives from Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a discussion on Palmer Amaranth Weed and election of State Board of Agriculture members.

The trade show will feature vendors and representatives offering a wide range of agricultural products and services.

The New Jersey State Agricultural Convention will take place at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, Royal Ballroom Salon 1 & 2, 2831 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ. Convention highlights for Wednesday, February 4 include:

9:30 a.m. – Secretary Fisher’s State of the State of Agriculture Address
10:15 a.m. – Farm to School: Putting Local Farm Products in School
2 p.m. – Remarks from NJ Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney
2:45 p.m. – Pollinators, Pesticides and Public Perception
4:15 p.m. – NJ FFA Speaker, Kristianne Dowd, NJ FFA President
7 p.m. – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno at the Delegates Dinner (Royal Ballroom Salon 3 & 4)

Convention highlights for Thursday, February 5 include:

10:30 a.m. – NJ 4-H Speaker, Harlee Peterson, Hunterdon County
2:30 p.m. – Palmer Amaranth Weed Discussion
3 p.m. – State Board of Agriculture Election

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