ASSEMBLY, No. 3732

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 19, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  PARKER SPACE

District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren)

Assemblyman  BOB ANDRZEJCZAK

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblywoman  GAIL PHOEBUS

District 24 (Morris, Sussex and Warren)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Directs Dept. of Agriculture to authorize and advise food hubs.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

 


An Act concerning the establishment of food hubs as agricultural cooperatives and supplementing Title 4 of the Revised Statutes.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.  a.  The Department of Agriculture shall authorize the establishment of food hubs in the State, and establish a program to assist and support farms and farmers seeking to belong to food hubs in their area of the State.  The department, pursuant to the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.), shall adopt any rules and regulations necessary for the establishment and operation of food hubs.

     b.  As used in this section, “food hub” means a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local or regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale retail, and institutional demand.

 

     2.  This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill directs the Department of Agriculture to:

     1)  authorize the establishment of food hubs in the State;

     2) establish a program to assist and support farms and farmers seeking to belong to food hubs in their area of the State; and

     3)  adopt regulations to implement the bill.

     The bill defines “food hub” as a business or organization that actively manages the aggregation, distribution, and marketing of source-identified food products primarily from local or regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale retail, and institutional demand.