PolitickerNJ Wire Feed
Legislation sponsored by Assemblyman John DiMaio and cleared today by the Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee would open up greener pastures for bison farmers in New Jersey.
Assembly bill 548 designates bison, or American buffalo as agricultural livestock, subject to regulations of the Department of Agriculture. Currently, the animals are regulated by the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife as “exotic species.”
“Buffalo meat has become extremely popular in the last few years, and farmers are working hard to meet the growing demand for the high-quality, healthy option. Bison are being bred and raised to provide meat, so moving the regulation of the industry into the Department of Agriculture is a logical step,” said DiMaio, R-Warren, Hunterdon and Somerset.
Under the current rules, farmers are required to register each animal with the Division of Fish and Wildlife, and to provide costly and unnecessary shelter for animals that survive Minnesota winters in the elements.
“This bill acknowledges that bison are viable agricultural livestock and not an exotic novelty," said DiMaio. "This is good for agriculture in New Jersey, creating economic opportunity and jobs in a growing segment of the market.”
Like beef, bison meat is available as various cuts of steak, burgers, hot dogs and sausage, ribs and roasts. Compared to beef, the meat is lower in fat and cholesterol, and higher in beneficial iron, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids.
On the Net:
NJ Assembly Republicans on Facebook
NJ Assembly Republicans on Twitter
The Progressive Democrats of America Co-Founder and National Director Tim Carpenter and State Chair Mary Ellen Marino today endorsed Bonnie Watson Coleman for the Democratic nomination in the 12thCongressional District.Read More >
Organization to honor Gov. KeanAn event next month for Community Options, Inc. will celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the organization's founding and honor Governor Tom Kean, Sr., a was an advocate over 25 years ago for bringing individuals with developmental disabilities out of state institutions into small group homes.Robert...
By HAYTHAM YOUNES As the May 13th election for Paterson officials nears, I've noticed a lot of candidates running using slogans and empty promises as if they weren't around watching Paterson get to where it's at today. I think it's important that... Read More >
"This is the only Tea Party group that endorsed Mitt Romney. These guys are the Vichy French of the Tea Party movement. They're the guys who say 'Viva la France,' and then you can't find them when the fighting starts. Come on." - GOP strategist Rick Shaftan, on the Independence Hall Tea Party group.- PolitickerNJ.com
Press releases are submitted by PolitickerNJ users, not by staff. They do not represent the viewpoint of PolitickerNJ.com.