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Agriculture Secretary Applauds Governor’s Commitment to Farmland Preservation

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2003


Hope Gruzlovic




Agriculture Secretary Charles M. Kuperus today applauded Governor McGreevey’s commitment to preserving 20,000 acres of farmland per year as a key component of protecting the quality of life in New Jersey:

“Agriculture contributes to the quality of life in our communities in many ways, providing natural buffers against sprawl, enabling us to enjoy fresh, locally grown food and other farm products, and helping to ensure a traditional way of life for current and future generations of hard- working farm families. By preserving our farms and ensuring that agriculture is profitable, we can retain our farms and keep our farmers on the land.

The Department of Agriculture is committed to working together with farmers, towns and counties to preserve 20,000 acres of farmland per year, as Governor McGreevey called for today in his State of the State address. It is a goal that is in the best interests of a strong agricultural industry, and each and every New Jerseyan who will continue to enjoy all our working landscapes have to offer.”