Farmers learn benefits of agritourism at Atlantic City convention

South Jersey farms that grow fruits and vegetables can also be marketed as tourism draws, bringing customers to farms and marketing directly to them, according to speakers at this week’s New Jersey Agricultural Convention and Trade Show… The purpose of agritourism is to get people to visit farms, buy the products and educate consumers all in one package, said Bill Hlubik, an agricultural agent and professor at Rutgers University.

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Unseasonably warm weather brings bounty to local farmers

With some days this month topping 70 degrees, it’s not feeling particularly seasonable. But the mild weather is helping local farmers extend their season. But it’s not all good news. Rick Van Vranken of Rutgers’ Cooperative Extension in Atlantic County, New Jersey, said fruit growers would prefer more typical temperatures.

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Atlantic County 4-H Volunteer Inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame

Class of 2015 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates. Dorothy Calimer is front row, third from right.

Class of 2015 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates. Dorothy Calimer is front row, third from right.

Dorothy (Dot) A. Calimer of Cologne, New Jersey was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on October 9 for her lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

Honored by the New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program, Calimer was one of 16 people inducted during the ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents or 4-H National Headquarters/NIFA, USDA based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels. [Read more…]

NJ 4-H Members to Attend 2015 4-H Leadership Program

New Jersey delegates who attended the 2014 Leadership Washington Focus held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

New Jersey delegates who attended the 2014 Leadership Washington Focus held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Sixteen 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the second annual 4-H Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) Conference. This leadership conference will be held July 12-17 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Leadership Washington Focus (LWF) is a 4-H leadership development program for 4-H members entering grades 7-9. Youth from across the nation will be participating in this 5-day event. The program will provide an opportunity for youth to listen to motivational speakers and participate in workshops that will develop communication skills, increase leadership capacity and build lifetime skills. [Read more…]

NJ 4-H Members to Attend National 4-H Citizenship Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives for the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

New Jersey 4-H representatives at the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Thirty 4-H members have been selected to represent New Jersey at the 2015 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference. This conference, now in its 56th year, will be held July 5-11 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Citizenship Washington Focus is a 4-H leadership program for high school youth. Delegations from across the country attend this six-day program at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, located just outside Washington, D.C. The program is aimed at enriching young people’s lives by broadening their appreciation and respect for themselves and others in the world. Participants attend workshops, committee meetings, field trips and social events, giving them hands-on opportunities to learn and grow. They learn and practice skills that will make them better citizens and more successful individuals. [Read more…]