A couple of local congressmen came out in support of a significant farm purchase out of South Jersey. Congressmen Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) and John Adler (NJ-3) applauded the Department of Agriculture’s decision to purchase up to $18 million worth of cultivated cranberry products for federal nutrition programs. Back in March, LoBiondo and Adler wrote Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack requesting that the Department purchase surplus cranberries.
“South Jersey’s cranberry crop is a key economic component of our region’s agricultural industry and yields tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually. I am pleased by the USDA’s decision, which will benefit our farmers and federal nutrition programs,” said LoBiondo. “I also want to applaud the contributions of our farmers to local food banks, which have certainly made a difference in these challenging economic times.”
New Jersey is the country’s third largest producer of cranberries. The $18 million allocations will purchase cranberries and cranberry products for federal nutrition programs, including the School Lunch Program, the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, and the Emergency Food Assistance Program.