From the Atlantic shore to the Mercer County line, Ocean County's contributions to New Jersey's robust farming and aquaculture sectors earn plaudits at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's annual convention and trade show.

Cassandra Collimore, Jackson (NJ Dept. of Agriculture)

The February 7-9 gathering in Atlantic City gave attendees the chance to learn about issues, technologies, and evolution of New Jersey's farming sector. The primary focus was to set a policy agenda and goals for 2017, developments affecting agricultural concerns, and legal issues facing livestock owners.

Craig Korb, Crab's Claw Inn, Lavallette (NJ Dept. of Agriculture)

Cassandra Collimore of Jackson serves as Ocean County's 4-H Ambassador for 2017. She is seen in the company of (l-r), New Jersey Board of Agriculture President Santo Maccherone, state Senate President Steve Sweeney, and Assistant NJ Agriculture Secretary Monique Purcell.

Craig Korb, the popular Executive Chef of the Crab's Claw Inn in Lavallette, was given the Phillip Alampi Industry Marketing Award by the New Jersey Agriculture Society (NJAS). He is shown in the company of (l) NJAS Executive Director Kristina Guttadora and (r) NJAS President Rob Swanekamp.

Chris Grover, Doug Hallock, Hallock's U-Pick Farm, New Egypt (NJ Dept. of Agricutlure)

Winner of the Neil Robson Farmers Against Hunger Award is Hallock's U-Pick Farm, New Egypt. Flanking recipients Chris Gover and Doug Hallock in the photo are NJAS Executive Director Kristina Guttadora and Jim Giamarese, who serve as Director and Chairman of Farmers Against Hunger, and NJAS President Rob Swanekamp.