For Immediate Release:
July 11, 2014
Freeholders support legislation
recognizing Future Farmers of America
Assembly resolution cites role in agricultural education in NJ
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting NJ Assembly Resolution 145, sponsored by Assemblyman Ronald Dancer (District 12), which recognizes and supports the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and the role of agricultural education in New Jersey.
“Agriculture is a vital part of New Jersey’s economy, comprising 10,300 farms on 730,000 acres of land that generated $1.2 billion in sales in 2011,” said Freeholder Director Lillian G. Burry. “New Jersey produces more than 100 different kinds of fruits and vegetables and we must preserve the great vitality and diversity of New Jersey’s agricultural industry by supporting and educating the next generation of farmers, biologists, chemists, veterinarians, engineers and entrepreneurs who make it possible.”
The FFA helps to prepare each new generation of farmers for the challenges of feeding a growing population by providing agricultural education and career guidance to students across America.
“To help raise awareness about the FFA, the local FFA groups will be selling produce at the Monmouth County Fair again this year,” added Burry.
Participating groups are from the following high schools: Allentown, Freehold Township, Biotechnology and the Monmouth County Vocational School District Career Center. They will be selling locally grown produce during all Fair hours from July 23 through July 27.
“Last year was the first time that locally grown produce was sold at the County Fair,” said Freeholder Deputy Director Gary J. Rich, Sr. “This is just one more way we celebrate Monmouth County’s agricultural roots at the Fair.”
For more information about the Monmouth County Fair go to www.visitmonmouth.com
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