Agriculture & Food Systems Research

In New Jersey, agriculture and food are intrinsically linked. We have one unique "agricultural and food system" that encompasses the entire spectrum of activity from farm to fork. This system extends from production activities on the farm to value-added processing after the farm gate to the health and well-being of the final consumers. Our location creates the system's challenges and its comparative advantages.

High population density, high land prices, high property taxes, stringent environmental regulation and high labor costs are challenges that must be overcome by creating and capitalizing upon unique market opportunities and cost-reduction technologies. Within the food manufacturing and service sector, high labor costs and stringent regulations are balanced against access to a potentially highly trained workforce and efficient transportation.

Current Research:


  1. Rutgers
  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  3. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences