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(TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher has announced the appointment of Monique Purcell, of Lambertville, N.J., as the Assistant Secretary of Agriculture. Purcell has been the Director of the Division of Agricultural and Natural Resources and will continue in that role as well.

 “Having worked for the Department of Agriculture for over 20 years, Monique has a wealth of experience in department operations and has served admirably in her capacity as Division Director,” Secretary Fisher said. “We look forward to working more with her in this leadership role.”

 Purcell directs a division which handles land use issues; administers policies and programs to conserve and develop the state’s soil, water and related natural resources on agricultural and urban lands; provides financial cost-share assistance to farmers for soil and water conservation projects that prevent or control pollution; directs the office of aquaculture; hosts agricultural and conservation education programs; and distributes data from the National Agriculture Statistics Service, which is a joint federal-state program.

 “I’m honored to be named Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and look forward to continuing to work with the Secretary, the State Board, the dedicated people at the Department and our state and federal partners to promote and support our farmers and advance the agricultural industry in the Garden State,” Purcell said.

 Purcell is a Penn State University graduate, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Business.


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