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Event to Take Place Feb. 5-7 in Atlantic City

For Immediate Release: January 10, 2013
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(609) 633-2954

(TRENTON) – The second annual New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show will take place February 5-7, 2013 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture and Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey (VGANJ) held their annual gatherings concurrently for the first time in 2012, garnering a strong response.  The 2013 event is expected to be bigger and better, with many educational and informational opportunities, as well as an impressive trade show, appealing to New Jersey’s diverse agricultural industry by promoting greater participation and interaction among a wider cross-section of industry members from all sectors.

“We have created an expanded forum for New Jersey’s agricultural community to learn about the issues facing the industry so the Department of Agriculture can better serve these constituents,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher.  “We look forward to growing the convention each year and welcome and encourage other organizations to join us.”

Held since 1914, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture conducts a legally mandated annual convention of the state’s entire agricultural industry.  As specified under New Jersey statutes, each year delegates representing all sectors of the industry must gather to elect two members to the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture, elect farmer-members to the Fish and Game Council, and set agricultural policy for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture through a series of formal resolutions voted on by the delegates.

The State Agriculture Convention will open with its regular business session on Wednesday, February 6.  The meeting will include listening sessions on risk management and farm profitability.

Founded in 1955, the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey’s mission is to disseminate knowledge of the growing and marketing of vegetables through cooperation with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Research and Extension, the New Jersey and U.S. Departments of Agriculture, and all other existing organizations and committees working for or interested in the vegetable industry of the Garden State.

The VGANJ portion of the convention/trade show begins on Tuesday, February 5.  The trade show will feature exhibits and displays from many from many of the industry’s suppliers and business associates.  In addition, a wide variety of educational sessions on topics including growing crops, food safety, the latest ideas in agricultural practices, farm labor management and agriculture water issues.

“I am excited to enter our second year of a combined convention with the Department of Agriculture,” said Joseph Marino, VGANJ President.  “Last year’s event proved to be a success for both organizations. This year’s convention looks to be better yet with the addition of new vendors for our show, as well as great educational topics.” 

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