ASSEMBLY, No. 4708
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
INTRODUCED OCTOBER 29, 2018
Assemblyman ERIC HOUGHTALING
District 11 (Monmouth)
Assemblyman BOB ANDRZEJCZAK
District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)
Establishes Farm Liaison in Department of Agriculture.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
As reported by the Assembly Human Services Committee on December 3, 2018, with amendments.
An Act establishing a Farm Liaison in the Department of Agriculture and supplementing Title 4 of the Revised Statutes.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. The Secretary of Agriculture, with the approval of the State Board of Agriculture, shall designate a current employee of the department as "Farm Liaison" who shall have the function, power, and duty to coordinate with individual farmers to encourage participation in department and State agricultural programs. The liaison shall1: (1)1 encourage farmers to participate in State agriculture programs that may benefit 1[that farmer, including informing the farmer] those farmers; (2) inform farmers1 about potential taxation benefits1[, and shall also]; (3)1 disseminate information about pilot programs, food donation 1programs1, anti-hunger initiatives, and any other department programs that the liaison may deem relevant to 1[an] each1 individual farmer1[. The liaison shall, as appropriate, also]; and (4) serve as a coordinator between farmers and organizations that engage in gleaning activities. The liaison shall1 coordinate with the State Agricultural Development Committee and the county agriculture development boards 1, as deemed by the liaison to be appropriate1. 1[The liaison shall also serve as a coordinator between farmers and organizations engaging in gleaning activities.]1 The liaison shall serve at the pleasure of the secretary and board.
2. This act shall take effect immediately.