In A.C., farmers talk climate change

AVALON ZOPPO / PRESS OF ATLANTIC CITY – The predicted effects of a warming planet on Garden State farmers are grim: crop failures, plant diseases and an influx of pests.

The topic was front and center at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City last week, where hundreds of growers from the state’s billion-dollar farming industry gathered for New Jersey’s 104th State Agricultural Convention.

“There were people for years that denied there was climate change. … Now I think there’s more acceptance because they can see it on their farms and fields,” said Douglas Fisher, secretary of the Department of Agriculture …

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