Bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senator Steve Oroho (R-24) that would support small businesses by establishing New Jersey “Food Hub” opportunities for local farmers was passed by the Senate Economic Growth Committee.
Sen. Steve Oroho’s bill supports small business by establishing NJ “Food Hub” opportunities for local farmers. (SenateNJ.com)
“Many of New Jersey’s small to mid-size farms lack the capacity to access larger markets, placing our farmers at a disadvantage,” Oroho stated. “The creation of ‘food hubs’ will provide opportunities for our farmers to access new markets and help more locally grown produce to reach our neighborhoods.”
The legislation, S-1953, would direct the Department of Agriculture to authorize and advise “Food Hubs,” which are businesses or organizations that actively manage the distribution and marketing of locally-made food products.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) explains that “Food Hubs” are a significant subgroup of the economy. “Food Hubs” create community food organizations which provide a combination of aggregation, distribution, and marketing services to farmers at an affordable price.
Additionally, the USDA states that “Food Hubs” support the local economy, preserve farmland, and expand access to fresh food to local communities.
“Establishing ‘Food Hubs’ will bridge the gap between local farmer and families, supporting farm-to-table agriculture,” Oroho added. “By providing opportunities for New Jerseyans to choose ‘Jersey Fresh’ healthy produce, we’re supporting and protecting the future of New Jersey’s farms.”
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