February 5, 2016

(TRENTON, N.J.) ― The New Jersey State Agricultural Convention and Trade Show will be held February 9-11 at the new Harrah’s Resort Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. The Department is hosting the convention in cooperation with the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey and Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

The 2016 convention and trade show will open on Tuesday, February 9, with educational sessions held by the Vegetable Growers Association. Highlights from the program include sessions on the Food Safety Modernization Act, wine grapes, soil health and direct marketing/agritourism. New Jersey Department of Agriculture personnel will present seminars on third party audits; issues regarding bee rentals; organic seed requirements; and becoming involved with the Farm to School Program. A full schedule of Vegetable Growers events is available at http://bit.ly/20bjinI.

The trade show will take place February 9-11 in Room Wildwood 16.

The New Jersey State Agricultural Convention will open on Wednesday, February 10 and will include New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher’s annual State of the State of Agriculture address; a panel discussion on locally grown; on-farm Wireless and fiber optics needs; and award presentations.

On Thursday, February 11 there will be updates on farm labor, USDA Risk Management and Farm Service Agency; presentations on the latest Rutgers Cooperative Extension projects; 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 new Harrah’s Resort Waterfront Conference Center, Wildwood 3, 777 Harrah’s Blvd., Atlantic City, NJ.

Convention highlights for Wednesday, February 10 include:

9:30 a.m. – Secretary Fisher’s State of the State of Agriculture Address
10:15 a.m. – Edward Kee, Delaware Secretary of Agriculture
10:30 a.m. – Locally Grown Proposed Rule Panel Discussion
2:30 p.m. – On-Farm Wireless and Fiber Optics Needs
4 p.m. – NJ FFA Speaker, Hope Cahill, NJ FFA President
4:15 p.m. – Award Presentations
7 p.m. – Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno at the Delegates Dinner (Held in Avalon 3)

Convention highlights for Thursday, February 11 include:

9:15 a.m. – Farm Labor Update
10:30 a.m. – NJ 4-H Speaker, Kirsten Jeansson
1:30 p.m. – Rutgers Cooperative Extension Project Presentations
3 p.m. – State Board of Agriculture Elections

For more information about the convention, visit http://bit.ly/1QduQwr.

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