ATLANTIC CITY, NJ — Agricultural interests across the Garden State gathered in early February for the 2017 New Jersey Agricultural Convention & Trade Show and New Jersey's State Agricultural Convention. The event took place Feb. 7-9 at Harrah's Resort & Waterfront Conference Center, here.
This was the 102nd State Agricultural convention and the sixth year of co-locating the annual convention with those of the Vegetable Growers Association of New Jersey and the New Jersey Blueberry Association.
Robert Pustizzi and Dan Deola of the Vineland Produce Auction.
Debbie Pribell, Nicole Kavanaugh and Ben Casella of the New Jersey Farm Bureau.
Rob Swanekamp of Kube Pak Growers.
At the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's booth were Thomas Beaver, Joe Atchison, Dan Wunderlich, Mike Martinelli, Chris Kleinguenther, Joseph Montresor and Bill Walker.
Robin Brumfield and Anna Molinski of Rutgers' New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.
Rose Tricario (center) of the NJDA's Division of Food & Nutrition with Beth Feehan and Chris Cirkus of the NJDA's Farm to School Program.
Santo John Maccherone, president of the State Board of Agriculture.
Richard Marolda Sr., Sherry Marolda, Richard Marolda Jr., Lauren Marolda and Tom Pease of Marolda Farms.
Oakcrest Farms, which is owned and operated by the Merlino family in Hammonton, NJ, received the Blueberry Grower of the Year at Wednesday night's dinner banquet. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wolfe/NJDA.
John Huff, owner of William Schober Sons Inc., accepted the Tony Russo Farmers Marketing Award from the New Jersey Agricultural Society. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wolfe/NJDA.
Craig Korb (center) of the Crabs Claw Inn in Lavalette, NJ, received the Phillip Alampi Industry Marketing Award during the New Jersey Agricultural Society's luncheon. He is shown with Kristina Guttadora, executive director of the society, and Rob Swanekamp, president of the society. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wolfe/NJDA.
Tom Pontano & Son Farm in Vineland, NJ, received the Patrick Mullen Quality Grading Award. Shown were Tom Beaver, director of the NJDA's Marketing & Development Division; Rita Pontano; Tom Pontano; Chris Kleinguenther, chief of the NJDA's Bureau of Commodity Inspection & Grading; Joseph Montresor, NJDA commodity grader; and Mike Martinelli, NJDA's Jersey Fresh inspector. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wolfe/NJDA.
The Russo family of Tabernacle, NJ, accepted the Vegetable Grower of the Year Award for the late Tony Russo at Wednesday night's dinner banquet at the State Agricultural Convention. Photo courtesy of Jeff Wolfe/NJDA.