Farming flourishes in the Garden State

NJTV / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Recently released federal statistics on agriculture in the United States held some surprising news for New Jersey: For the first time in four decades, farming is on the rise.

Agricultural acreage had declined in the Garden State by almost a third between 1978 and 2012, so when federal officials released the 2017 Census of Agriculture last April, the nearly 3 percent increase reported in acres farmed between 2012 and 2017 was unexpected. The growth of farming in the most densely populated state in the nation was even more shocking given that the number of acres used for agriculture dropped by close to 2 percent nationwide.

“I was pleasantly surprised,” said Peter Furey, executive director of the New Jersey Farm Bureau. He attributed much of the “welcome” increase to hobby farmers, for whom farming is not the main source of income …

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