Assembly Republican Press Release -
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Parker Space and Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus to help New Jersey farms be more competitive and profitable was advanced today by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. The bill (A3732) authorizes the establishment of food hubs – or food incubators – where farmers can collectively promote their sales, marketing, branding and profitability.
“It can be difficult for these hard-working farmers to sustain any kind of profitability. Food hubs will help small and mid-size farms that we have in this state,” said Space (R—Sussex). “Competition is fierce, and large farms have a distinct advantage. The food hub can help them reduce costs by sourcing materials more efficiently, and maximize revenue with superior marketing and branding.”
“This legislation creates a more productive business model that will retain farmers and attract a new generation of young farmers,” said Phoebus (R—Sussex). “Food hubs will help bring Jersey Fresh, farm-grown products that fetch a higher price to market. For farmers who can’t bake and sell food in New Jersey without access to a costly commercial facility, this opens opportunity for new profits.”