ASSEMBLY AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE

 

STATEMENT TO

 

ASSEMBLY, No. 3732

 

with committee amendments

 

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

 

DATED:  JUNE 6, 2016

 

      The Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee reports favorably, and with committee amendments, Assembly Bill No. 3732.

      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.

 

COMMITTEE AMENDMENTS

      The committee amendments make technical corrections to the bill.