New Jersey 4-H Members Attend National Agri-Science Youth Summit

New Jersey 4-H delegates at the national Agr-Science Summit in MD. Front row, L-R: Isa Perkins, Newark; Trevor Hettrick, Montclair; and Rebecca Byrne, West Milford. Back row, L-R: Brittany Smith, Oxford; Susan Asali and Victoria Bruno, Belleville. Photo credit: Jeanette Rea-Keywood.

New Jersey 4-H delegates at the National Agr-Science Youth Summit in MD. Front row, L-R: Isa Perkins, Newark; Trevor Hettrick, Montclair; and Rebecca Byrne, West Milford. Back row, L-R: Brittany Smith, Oxford; and Susan Asali and Victoria Bruno, Belleville. Photo credit: Jeanette Rea-Keywood.

Six New Jersey 4-H members representing four counties–Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Warren–attended the National Agri-Science Youth Summit held Jan. 15-18 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The purpose of the conference was to provide youth with an opportunity to learn about and develop an understanding of the critical role of agricultural science innovation in addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

The New Jersey 4-H’ers, who joined 85 youth and adults representing 15 states at the summit, included Susan Asali and Victoria Bruno from Belleville, Rebecca Byrne of West Milford, Trevor Hettrick from Montclair, Isa Perkins of Newark and Brittany Smith from Oxford.

“Today, many young people are generationally and geographically removed from farming and agriculture,” said Jeannette Rea-Keywood, State 4-H agent, Rutgers Department of 4-H Youth Development. “Yet, it is vital that these young leaders and future decision makers understand the critical role agriculture plays in our society.” [Read more…]

Prof. Barbara O’Neill Named Academic Editor of the Journal of Financial Planning

Barbara O'Neill.

Barbara O’Neill

The Financial Planning Association announced that Barbara O’Neill, distinguished professor and Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s specialist in financial resource management, is the new Journal of Financial Planning Academic Editor, beginning a two-year term Jan. 1, 2016. A prolific writer, she has written over 1,700 consumer newspaper articles and more than 150 articles for academic journals and other professional publications. According to an analysis published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Financial Planning, O’Neill has been among the most prolific authors in the core financial planning journals from 1984 to 2014. The mission of the Journal of Financial Planning is to expand the body of knowledge of the financial planning profession. Read full press release.

GARDENER STATE: Just a few cures for your cabin fever

Are you suffering from extreme irritability and restlessness during these post-holiday weeks with seemingly no one visiting and nothing to do? The tree is long recycled or boxed and the lights and decorations are all put away. And even your New Year’s resolutions just seem like nasty reminders of things you haven’t done yet, and possibly give up on. There are plenty of post-holiday events, programs, destinations, and happenings that have nothing to do with winter, but everything to do with getting you out and about and thinking more about where you are, what you’re standing on, and what’s up above. The Gardener State column is written by Nicholas Polanin, Agricultural Agent, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Dirty Little Secrets: In Your Fish

Standing on the bank where the Passaic River meets the Newark Bay in New Jersey, Oswaldo Avad reels in a small bluefish and a piece of a grocery bag. "One piece plastic and one fish," Avad said in broken English. The Passaic River is one of the most contaminated bodies of water in the country. More than 100 companies are potentially responsible for dumping toxic waste in it for decades before that was outlawed. Fifty-four of the liable companies have formed a consortium and given Rutgers University $1.1 million to create a fish exchange program. Rutgers buys young tilapia from a fish farm in New Jersey and raises them in a Newark greenhouse. The waste produced by the fish is used to grow lettuce and herbs for a local food bank.

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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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