AHG Welcomes NJ Sec. of Agriculture, Douglas Fisher, for National Agriculture Day

On March 25 we were honored to welcome New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture, Douglas H. Fisher, to our greenhouses to celebrate National Agriculture Day.

Secretary Fisher, Bob & Bill Eelman

Secretary Fisher presents Bob and Bill Eelman of Alexander Hay Greenhouses with a proclamation declaring March 25 New Jersey Agriculture Day

Excerpts from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s press release:
(Read full press release here.)

Started by the Agriculture Council of America in 1973, National Agriculture Day aims to increase awareness about how food and fiber products are produced, help people appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products, value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy, and acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.

“We recognize Agriculture Day to acknowledge the important place agriculture holds in the daily life of our citizens and the economic prosperity it brings to the Garden State,” said Secretary Fisher. “After a cold and snowy winter, we celebrate our farms and hardworking farmers, and look forward to another great growing season.”

National Agriculture Day highlights the abundance provided by agriculture and the importance of farmers to New Jersey and the nation. Garden State farmers sell more than $1.1 billion products each year, making agriculture a vital industry to the state’s overall economy.

Bob Eelman and Secretary Fisher with tulips.

Bob Eelman showing Secretary Fisher our crop of Easter tulips.

“As an agricultural business in northern New Jersey, we provide employment, purchase growing materials, and sell finished products contributing to the New Jersey economy,” said Bob Eelman. “As a wholesale agricultural business, we are an important part of the support network that the local retailer depends on to provide quality products to their communities.”

We are thrilled to be celebrating National Agriculture Day with the NJDA at this professional greenhouse operation,” said Dominick Mondi, Executive Director of the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association. “The value of agriculture, in both process and product, cannot be understated. Nursery and greenhouse operations provide the plants which help improve property values, provide ecological benefit, and improve the health and lives of all New Jersey Residents.

The Eelman family and guests in the greenhouses

The Eelman family, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County, Mayor Randy George, Glenn Van Olden of the Hudson-Essex and Passaic Soil Conservation District and Bob Heitzman of the NJNLA.

You can view more photos from the Secretary Fisher’s visit on Facebook.