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New Jersey Farmers Face Climate Challenges

Erratic weather, including excessive rain and changing growing seasons, is posing a challenge for New Jersey’s farmers, according to a feature on Community News. Farmers’ fields are too wet to plant, produce quality is low due to water damage and disease, and pest outbreaks are damaging plants. Even experienced farmers are worried about their futures as growing conditions change markedly. Although technologies such as high-tunnel growing offer some hope of mitigating the weather, farmers are still worried about how to cope with unpredictable weather, and observers note a decline in the number of producers and the range of offerings at farmers markets.