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Congressman Kean hosts roundtable discussion with New Jersey farmers

US House will consider Farm Bill this Congress

CHESTER, NJ (Morris County) – Congressman Tom Kean, Jr. this week held a roundtable discussion at Alstede Farms to engage in an in-depth conversation about the ongoing Farm Bill debate in Congress.

Joined by a diverse group of farmers, the New Jersey Farm Bureau, agriculture experts, and local mayors to better understand the unique needs and challenges faced by New Jersey farmers.

“Discussing the Farm Bill with New Jersey farmers reaffirmed my belief in the importance of bipartisan cooperation on this issue,” Kean, Jr said. “Their insights have underscored the need for a balanced approach that supports both agricultural innovation and sustainable practices. As we navigate the complexities of the Farm Bill in Congress, I remain committed to crafting legislation that empowers our farmers, strengthens rural communities, and ensures the vitality of our agricultural sector for generations to come.”

“I’m thankful that Congressman Kean brought together agricultural leaders in our area to hear our priorities for the upcoming Farm Bill,” said Kurt Alstede of Alstede Farms. “This forum emphasized the need for policies that not only sustain farmers’ livelihoods but also promote access to fresh, locally grown produce for our communities. The collaboration between legislators and the farmers who have this experience every day is crucial to ensuring we get this Farm Bill right.”

“This was an important forum to discuss Mendham’s priorities with Congressman Kean and our neighbors in the agricultural industry as Congress is debating the Farm Bill,” said Mendham Boro Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner. “Congressman Kean and I take to heart the huge contributions New Jersey farmers make to our food supply and to our economy. It’s imperative that leaders at all levels of government unite to champion their needs in this Farm Bill.”

“I am proud to partner with Congressman Kean to fight for our farmers,” said Chester Township Mayor Mike Inganamort. “Their hard work and dedication provide a critical lifeline in our community here in Chester, and I remain committed to ensuring their voices are heard as we work towards a fair and supportive agricultural policy.”\

“Congressman Kean realizes the farming resources in his legislative district are a major contributor to New Jersey’s quality of life,” said NJ Farm Bureau Executive Director Peter Furey. “We appreciate his listening session with local growers on Monday and the concern for aligning federal policies with their economic future.”

The US Farm Bill is comprehensive legislation, typically renewed every five years, that shapes policies related to agriculture, nutrition, and rural development. It addresses areas like crop subsidies, conservation efforts, food assistance programs, and trade policies.

The Farm Bill aims to support farmers, ensure food security, promote sustainable practices, and maintain the vitality of rural communities while influencing various aspects of the nation’s agricultural and food systems.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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