Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources

The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee is responsible for monitoring issues that affect parks, farmland preservation, water resources and the growing agricultural industry.
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Taliaferro, Houghtaling & Andrzejczak Bill to Promote & Increase Use of Jersey Fresh Products in New Jersey Schools Advanced by Senate Committee

Asm. Adam Taliaferro Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Adam Taliaferro, Eric Houghtaling and Bob Andrzejczak to help promote the New Jersey Farm to School Program, and encourage the use of more locally grown foods in the meals prepared in schools, colleges and universities in the state was advanced Thursday by the Senate Education Committee.

"Eating healthy does not come naturally to many young people," said Taliaferro (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "Creating more opportunities to highlight and expand on the success of the New Jersey Farm to School program not only helps advance the Jersey Fresh brand and the concept of buying locally, but instills the importance of making healthier food choices to students..."

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Assembly Democratic Bill Package to Fund Farmland Preservation Projects in NJ Continues Advancing

Bills Sponsored by Taliaferro, Burzichelli, Houghtaling, Andrzejczak, Singleton, Downey, Mazzeo and Zwicker
A four-bill legislative package sponsored by Assembly Democrats Adam Taliaferro, John Burzichelli, Eric Houghtaling, Bob Andrzejczak, Troy Singleton, Joann Downey, Vince Mazzeo and Andrew Zwicker to invest in the preservation of farmland was approved Monday by a Senate panel.

The funds are dedicated through the 2017 budget and corporation business tax revenues.
"New Jersey has a proud farming heritage that should be protected," said Taliaferro (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem). "This investment ensures that the organizations at the forefront of farmland preservation have the financial resources to meet this important mission."

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Schaer & Pintor Marin Bill to Ensure Local Governments Can Take Full Advantage of Open Space Trust Funds for Preservation Projects Continues Advancing

Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Gary S. Schaer (D-Bergen/Passaic) and Eliana Pintor-Marin (D-Essex) to specify that county and municipal open space trust funds may be used to demolish structures and remove debris from lands that are being acquired for recreation and conservation purposes was approved Monday by a Senate panel.

"There seems to be some confusion about how local governments are able to use these funds," said Schaer. "It is necessary to eliminate any erroneous interpretations that can limit local preservation and revitalization efforts. This clarification will help to breathe new life into our urban areas, where there are lands with lots of debris and dilapidated structures that would have to be cleared before they could be used for recreation or beautification."

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