Extension Agent Jenny Carleo Wins Distinguished Service Award

Jenny Carleo, agricultural agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized recently with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents… The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to the cooperative extension program, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director… Through Annie’s Project New Jersey, Carleo’s leadership enabled the project team to offer farm business management programming to more than 278 women farmers and business owners in the state as well as reaching another 470 participants through nationally broadcast webinars.

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Jenny Carleo, ARMA Agent for Cape May County, Earns Distinguished Service Award

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Mike Hogan, 2015 President of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents, presents the Distinguished Service Award to Jenny Carleo. Photo: Kevin Blayney.

Jenny Carleo (CC ’99, GSNB ’03), agricultural and resource management agent for Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents. The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to Cooperative Extension, who have been active in professional development, have an effective extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and state extension director.

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Cape May County Resident Wins Distinguished Service Award

Jenny Carleo, agricultural and resource management agent for Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Cape May County, was recognized with the 2015 Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of County Agricultural Agents… The award honors members with at least 10 years of outstanding service to Cooperative Extension, who have been active in professional development, have an effective Extension program and are endorsed by their state membership and State Extension Director. Carleo holds a bachelor’s degree from Cook College in 1999 and a master’s degree from Rutgers Graduate School-New Brunswick in 2003… Through Annie’s Project New Jersey, Carleo’s leadership enabled the project team to offer farm business management programming to over 278 women farmers and business owners in New Jersey, as well as reaching another 470 participants through nationally broadcast webinars.

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New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center Plays Important Role in Oyster Industry [VIDEO]

Oysters are a popular dinner choice near the shore. But before they end up on your plate, and in your stomach, they’re spawned at the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center in Cape May… "Most of the oysters, local oysters that you would buy at a restaurant at any of the Delaware Bay counties, primarily were spawned and started in this facility," said Sean Towers, of Rutgers NJ Aquaculture Innovation Center… The Center, powered by Rutgers University, does more than selling oysters to local farmers. They’re putting an oyster blueprint together, so others can follow… Right now, the emphasis, is oysters. And algae, the oysters’ diet. But once the oyster blueprint is complete, the focus can shift elsewhere.

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Cape Coastal Towns Embracing Native Species of Plants

The Japanese black pine is the Rodney Dangerfield of trees. It gets no respect. Banned from Avalon’s dunes for the last three years, the species is under consideration for elimination from Stone Harbor’s dunes. Recommended until 1990 by the USDA to be planted in shore areas, the tree- labeled invasive and a fire hazard- has since fallen out of favor… Several Cape May County coastal communities have already started to branch out on their own, and a strong trend toward cultivating native species is beginning to take root… "You have to look at the whole system," said Jenny Carleo, agricultural and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County. "You have to look at the animals that depend on the food in the area, the utility of the beach for access, and you have to prioritize use. You have to ask, ‘What are the impacts to the whole environment of doing a certain activity?’"

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