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U.S. Department of Homeland Security declares agriculture essential industry

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has labeled agriculture as a critical industry in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, allowing businesses to continue operating as usual amid current and potential restrictions created to stem the spread of the virus, New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials said.

The declaration from Homeland Security extended the designation to the entire food and agriculture production system. Farm groups in recent days had been concerned about the potential for movement restrictions put in place to limit exposure of the virus, including the potential for halted shipment of inputs needed for the upcoming planting season.

Click here to read the full declaration from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security naming agriculture an essential industry as relates to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture is operating from remote locations and farmers or other agricultural professionals can call the department at 1-609-292-3976 with any questions.

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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