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 Notices of Proposal are posted on this site by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to comply with N.J.S.A. 52:14B-4 to inform the public about pending rules. This version is not the official text of the proposal and may differ from the official text. The official text of the proposal is published in the New Jersey Register issue for the date indicated. Click on the rule title for additional information.

Soil Erosion and Sediment Control – Soil Restoration Amendments
Commercial Feeding Stuffs
Criteria and Standards for Animal Waste Management
Grades and Standards

Soil Erosion and Sediment Control – Soil Restoration Amendments

Proposed Amendments N.J.A.C. 2:90-1
Proposal date: September 19, 2016
Comment period closes: November 18, 2016

Take notice that the New Jersey Department of Agriculture (NJDA), State Soil Conservation Committee (SSCC) is proposing the adoption of amendments to N.J.A.C. 2:90-1.3, 1.4 and 1.14, Soil Erosion and Sediment Control pursuant to the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act, N.J.S.A. 4:24-39 et seq. (P.L. 1975 Ch. 251).

The proposal establishes amendments to the Topsoiling and Land Grading Standards to provide for cost-effective restoration, for specific soil types and intended land use, of the optimal physical, chemical and biological functions of the soil on land disturbance activities subject to the Soil Erosion and Sediment Control Act.

Written comments must be submitted by November 18, 2016 to Frank Minch, Executive Secretary, State Soil Conservation Committee, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625-0330 or SSCCrules@ag.state.nj.us

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Commercial Feeding Stuffs

Proposed Rule Readoption with Amendments N.J.A.C 2:68
Proposal Date: May 2, 2016
Comment Period Closes: July 1, 2016

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (Department) is proposing to readopt N.J.A.C. 2:68 Commercial Feeding Stuffs. The proposed readoption is with amendments. These rules set forth the compliance standards and official methods of analysis to be used in determining the manufacturer's compliance with the guaranteed content of animal feed and pet food in order to reduce the amount of misbranded and deficient products offered for sale thereby insuring the quality of feed and protecting animal growth. Amendments are proposed to change language incorporating by reference updated standards and methods of analysis to include “as amended and supplemented”, add headings under general rules and regulations to include changes made to the official publication (incorporated by reference) of the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Inc.(AAFCO) and to update contact and ordering information for publications incorporated by reference.

Written comments must be submitted by July 1, 2016 to Alfred W. Murray, Director, Division Marketing and Development, Department of Agriculture, P.O. Box 330, Trenton, NJ 08625-0330 or proposedrulesMarkets@ag.state.nj.us

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Criteria and Standards for Animal Waste Management

Proposed Readoption with Amendments N.J.A.C. 2:91
Proposal Date: April 18, 2016
Comment Period Closes: July 15, 2016

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (Department) is proposing to readopt N.J.A.C. 2:91 Criteria and Standards for Animal Waste Management with minor amendments. These rules establish General Requirements and criteria for the development and implementation of Animal Waste Management Plans that provide for the proper disposal of animal wastes, including wastes generated from aquaculture. The rules proposed for readoption with amendments continue to maintain requirements based upon the number of animal units (AUs) and animal density (AD) per acre on farms with livestock. Proposed amendments explain the meaning of “animal density” and more accurately address the meaning of “animal waste” to address issues that have arisen since these regulations were first adopted. An amendment requiring the avoidance of sloping areas when locating manure storage areas was added to minimize negative impacts to surface water. 

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Grades and Standards

Proposed Rule Readoption: N.J.A.C. 2:71
Proposal Date: April 4, 2016
Comment Period Closes: June 3, 2016

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture (Department) is proposing to readopt N.J.A.C. 2:71 Grades and Standards. The proposed readoption is without change. These rules set forth the New Jersey standards for marketing, processing, labeling and transporting of eggs and prescribe use of the New Jersey map symbol on egg packages and in advertising; provide that United States Standards are used when grading New Jersey fruits and vegetables; set forth the standards for labeling tomatoes as “vine ripened”; and deal with the use of logos for marketing New Jersey agricultural commodities under voluntary marketing programs (Jersey Fresh, Jersey Bred, Jersey Grown, Jersey Organic and Jersey Seafood). The rules associated with the voluntary logo programs describe the logo configurations, application and licensing procedures, the commodities to be marketed under the logos, the product requirements, criteria and conditions to be met, definitions of terms and penalties for improper use.

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