New Jersey generates $12.8 billion in economic activity and creates 9,071 jobs throughout the state.
The video features Farm Credit East’s Bridgeton, N.J. branch office manager, Scott Andersen. He explains that while the size of New Jersey farm operations varies, many are multi-generational family owned and operated. There are more than 9,000 farms and 715,057 acres in farmland across the state.
Nursery, greenhouse and sod production are the largest sectors. The state also has a vibrant commercial fishing industry, with several ports along the coast. New Jersey producers grow more than 100 different fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, sweet corn, blueberries and peaches. In addition, the state’s agriculture supports many jobs off the farm, including seed and fertilizer businesses, machinery and equipment dealerships, trucking, cold storage facilities and food processing.
As part of this video, Mr. Andersen discusses the role of Farm Credit East in serving New Jersey agriculture. Farm Credit East provides various loan products and specialized financial services to New Jersey farmers.