Burlington County has the largest agricultural acreage base of any county in New Jersey. At the same time, the county has a large suburban population of over 400,000 people making pressures on farmers to convert farmland use. Staying competitive in a developing area is difficult for farmers.
Farmers will improve marketing skills and be made aware of new technologies to improve efficiency of their farms.
Farmers will be aware of the need for record keeping, worker training, and farm safety as being essential for survival and business development.
Farmers and suburban residents will strengthen the understanding of their interface and foster cooperation and mutual respect on common interests.
Teach farmers concepts of production based on consumer demand and preference rather than on tradition.
Conduct direct marketing seminars.
Prepare and distribute newsletters and bulletins on farm labor regulations and environmental issues.
Form a farm-suburban council that will share thoughts and ideas on dealing with land-use conflicts.