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Gottheimer discusses agriculture issues facing North Jersey farmers with local farmers and officials

KNOWLTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – U.S. Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) visited Kerkendall Farms, a dairy farm in Knowlton, on Thursday and spoke with local farmers and officials to discuss issues facing farmers in North Jersey. Gottheimer toured the farm before sitting down and speaking to farmers and experts about agricultural issues facing the community.

Among the issues Gottheimer discussed with North Jersey farmers were the Farm Bill, crop insurance, how tariffs are negatively impacting farmers, the need to increase caps on temporary H-2A visas, the passing of farming program appropriations, support for specialty crops, the decrease in New Jersey dairy farmers over past decades, rural internet access, and the need to promote agriculture in New Jersey.

“So many of our farmers are struggling right now because of low dairy prices, the effects of tariffs, and the high cost of living in New Jersey,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “I’m committed to making sure conducting business in agriculture here in Jersey is more attractive and affordable than it currently is. We need to cut taxes and red tape and ensure we have the backs of Jersey’s farmers.”

(Photo: Gottheimer samples fresh North Jersey milk. #GottMilk./Courtesy Gottheimer’s Office)

“Food and agriculture are the third-largest sector of our economy here in New Jersey and I am lucky to have some tremendous farms in my District. I appreciate the opportunity to visit Kerkendall Farms and talk about agriculture, trade, and cutting taxes for our farmers who so desperately need it,” Gottheimer said.

“It is reassuring to see Josh Gottheimer in action working to understand farm issues firsthand from farmers themselves,” said NJ Farm Bureau President Ryck Suydam.                 

Food and agriculture represents the third-largest sector of the economy in New Jersey, with 9,000 farms and generating over $1 billion towards the state’s economy every year. In Sussex and Warren counties, dairy alone generates $22 million. Kerkendall Farms, like most farms in Jersey, is a family farm and has been in the Kerkendall family for seven generations.

Along with many local farmers, in attendance were Ryck Suydam, President, NJ Farm Bureau; Peter Furey, Director, NJ Farm Bureau; Frank Van Horn, Councilman, Knowlton Township and Warren Agriculture Board Member; Terry Urfer, Councilman, Hope Township and Warren Agriculture Board Member; Bob McNinch, Councilman, Knowlton Township; and Tracy and John Kerkendall, owners of Kerkandall Farms.

June is National Dairy Month.

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By: Jay Edwards Follow on Twitter | Like on Facebook

(Phot: Gottheimer discusses trade, tariffs, and other issues affecting North Jersey’s agriculture industry./Courtesy Gottheimer’s Office)

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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