The 103rd New Jersey Agricultural Convention & Trade Show once again co-located with the New Jersey Vegetable Growers Association and the New Jersey Blueberry Association. The event was held Feb. 6-8 at the Harrah’s Resort and Waterfront Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ.
The event highlight was an appearance by newly elected Governor Phil Murphy, who addressed a packed room at the New Agricultural Society Luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Other highlights of the event included the Agriculture Address by Secretary Douglas Fisher during the opening session and a produce buyer panel discussion.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy addressed the audience at the New Jersey Agricultural convention luncheon as Douglas Fisher, secretary of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, looks on.
Michelle Pedano and Fran De Ficcio with the USDA-NRCS.
Alison Grantham, director, food systems research and development for Blue Apron.
Derrick Jenkins, vice president of produce and floral for Wakfern.
Mikey Azzara, founder and owner of Zone 7.
Douglas Fisher, secretary of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
F. Scott Fein, supply group manager for Robinson Fresh.
Chris Cirkus and Beth Feehan of the NJDA Farm to School division of food and nutrition.
John Keller, Chris Kleinguenther and Charlotte Muetter at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture FSMA booth.
Kristen Johnson and Ashley Dolbow of the USDA Farm Service Agency.
Ben Casella of the New Jersey Farm Bureau.
Ashley Granato and Dave Bachinsky of Crop Production Services.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy with Eric Houghtaling, vice chairman of the assembly agriculture and natural resources.
Al Murray, executive director of the New Jersey Agricultural Society.
James Durr Farms was the 2018 recipient of the Tony Russo Farm Market Award. Zach, Jacob, Jim and Lisa Durr.
Frank Fichera Farms received the Patrick J. Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award. Frank Fichera (second from right) is flanked by Ralph Maresco, Tom Beaver and Joe Montresor of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Frank Fichera with the Patrick J. Mullen Jersey Fresh Quality Grading Award.
George Szczepanski of PMA discussing the latest trends in produce marketing.