New Jersey Ag News
Newspaper beginning 28th year (Editorial)
(May 1, 2016) With this edition, The New Jersey Farmer launches its 28th year of publication.
The early years were exciting — and exploratory. Harold Shelley and the late John Fulton Lewis roamed the Garden State countryside, and sketched out a picture of agriculture in New Jersey in the closing years of the 20th century.
The new agricultural newspaper had the blessing of state officials, including Secretary of Agriculture Art Brown and across State Street, at the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Peter Furey.
It was soon apparent that we at the editorial offices of American Farm Publications Inc. had to adjust our thinking — and planning.
The decision to launch The New Jersey Farmer was based, at least in part, on the success of The Delmarva Farmer, now the mothership of America Farm Publications, which had made its debut a quarter century earlier.
What we learned, rather quickly was that agriculture in New Jersey was far different from agriculture on the Delmarva Peninsula and elsewhere in the Mid-Atlantic.
New Jersey was not primarily corn and soybeans and small grains. It was fruit and vegetables and sweet corn and berries and all that production which we should have expected from the Garden State — and which we started to learn about, quickly.
Through it all, it has been a pleasure to serve you, the agricultural industry of New Jersey and we are looking forward, eagerly, to the next quarter-century.