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Senate sends 1M in farm funding to N.J.

//August 6, 2009//

Senate sends 1M in farm funding to N.J.

//August 6, 2009//

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Agricultural dollars earmarked for gypsy moth eradication, cranberry research.U.S. Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) on Tuesday afternoon announced the Senate approved the fiscal-year 2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which would bring more than $1 million for agriculture projects in New Jersey.

Included in the proposed funding is $250,000 to bolster New Jersey’s gypsy moth suppression program, to preserve thousands of acres of threatened trees.

The funding “will benefit New Jersey’s residents and economy, and I am proud to have helped take such an important step to secure it,” said Lautenberg, a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

A breakdown of the funding provided by the bill:

— $250,000 for statewide gypsy moth eradication activities. A joint study carried out by the Department of Agriculture and the N.J. Forest Service in the late summer of 2008 found that more than 30,000 acres of trees were killed by gypsy moth caterpillars.

— $236,000 for the conservation technical assistance program. The funds will be used to help address the needs of farmers in vegetable, grain, livestock, nursery, fruit and hay growing operations.

— $550,000 for the Rutgers University Marucci Center for Blueberry & Cranberry Research, in Chatsworth. New Jersey is the nation’s second-largest producer of highbush blueberries and the third-largest producer of cranberries. This center supports growers by breeding varieties of fruit with improved quality and pest resistance.

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