Camden County Board of Agriculture re-established
CHERRY HILL — After more than a decade of non-activity, Camden County’s Board of Agriculture has been re-established. During a Jan. 17 meeting, several Camden farmers attended to gauge interest and move forward with revitalizing the board.
“Camden County has numerous farming and ag activities going strong and many in the farming community would like to see this board active once again,” New Jersey Farm Bureau President Ryck Suydam wrote in a letter to the county’s Farm Bureau members inviting them to the meeting.
With about 30 people in attendance, Tony Grasso of Elm was selected as president, Neil Pastore as vice president, Alan Jarvis as secretary and Mike Ward as treasurer.
Nick Grasso was chosen to represent the county on NJFB’s board of directors and Clay Jarvis will serve as alternate.
In a telephone interview after the meeting, Tony Grasso, who was also president when the board ceased activity said a lack of participation ultimately led to the board’s stoppage.
“Now all of a sudden, we’ve started to get some interest,” he said, adding later, “I’m just happy to get it up and running again and we’ll take it from there.”
The new board established a monthly meeting schedule in which it will begin to look at agriculture issues in the county and discuss where it can be effective, Tony Grasso said.
“In my opinion, it means we’re going to be involved in the ag community, we’re going to be involved in the public and see where we can help,” he said.
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