Off-Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Grants Program

Register for Upcoming Stakeholder Listening Sessions

USDA Rural Development (RD) Multi-Family Housing (MFH) will host stakeholder listening sessions on the Off-Farm Labor Housing (FLH) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants program. Under this program, private and public nonprofit grantees provide TA to organizations and groups qualified to apply for Section 514 Off-Farm Labor Housing loans and Section 516 Off-Farm Labor Housing grants. Stakeholders will be invited to provide feedback to agency staff on the program and how TA can expand opportunities for the development of Off-Farm Labor Housing.

Listening sessions will be held on Wednesday, November 3rd, and Wednesday, November 10th, 2021.

Participants may choose the session that is most convenient for their schedule. A meeting confirmation notice will be emailed to registrants.

Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Listening Session #1: Wednesday, November 3, 2021 @ 3:00PM to 4:00PM EDT

Farm Labor Housing Technical Assistance Listening Session #2: Wednesday, November 10, 2021 @ 2:00PM to 3:00PM EST

September 22 Free Webinar: How to Get Started in the Offshore Wind Supply Chain

Tomorrow! Free Webinar:
How To Get Started in the Offshore Wind Supply Chain

Date and Time:
Wednesday, September 22, 10 a.m. EDT

Register Here:
There’s still time to register for tomorrow’s free webinar.

Entering emerging markets, like offshore wind, can be difficult and confusing. This webinar will help you understand the offshore wind supply chain, suppliers that are and should be a part of it, and how to get started using the registry, Supply Chain Connect. Recent updates to Supply Chain Connect have made the registry easier to use than ever and a highly effective way to raise your hand to get started in the industry.

Learn more about navigating the supply chain, the importance of this emerging industry, and how to get started – from the experts that support and depend on suppliers just like you.

The webinar takes place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22 at 10 a.m. EDT. The event is free, but registration is required. This webinar is produced in partnership with the National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC), National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and DNV as part of the project, 30 GW by 2030: Supply Chain Roadmap for Offshore Wind in the U.S.

September 24 Chamber Internet Safety Seminar Via Zoom

Date & Time: September 24 8:15 am – 9:45 am
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Salem County Chamber of Commerce

Presented by Larry McKee, Director of Internet Technology, Salem Community College

We are facing greater threats than ever before relative to cyber-attacks, both at work and at home. Join us for a walkthrough of how you are the most important component of cybersecurity.

Larry will provide an overview of common threats, as well as best practices to help avoid falling victim to cyber criminals.

This workshop is free for you and your staff thanks to a grant from Atlantic City Electric. Please RSVP by calling 351-2245 or emailing

This event is at no cost courtesy of our grant from Atlantic City Electric, it is open to you and your staff.

As always, this workshop is open to your Staff, so feel free to pass along.

Topic: Internet Safety Seminar with Larry McKee, Director of IT, Salem Community College
Time: Sep 24, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 858 7401 3354
Passcode: 927780

September 24 Chamber Internet Safety Seminar Via Zoom

Invest: South Jersey 2021 Official Virtual Launch Conference

When: September 23, 2021
Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Zoom Webinar

We are proud to announce our speaker introductions:

Clear vision: How South Jersey’s counties are working towards building a strong economy presents:

  • Steven Poulathas
  • Gerard Velazquez III
  • Ben Laury
  • Lauren Moore
  • Leonardo Desiderio

Opportunity on the horizon: Exploring the future of real estate in South Jersey Presents:

  • Louis Lombardi
  • Joseph Maressa
  • Chris Willhelm
  • Itay Ron

Financial Future: What does the new landscape mean for South Jersey financial institutions? Presents:

  • Vincent D’Alessandro
  • Denise Monahan
  • Albert Fox
  • Rob Curley
  • Brian Jones

Register Toady!
Please use this link to register:
Email us at:  to RSVP!

2021 Official Virtual Launch Conference

NJ’s Ban on Plastic Carryout Bags & Polystyrene Foam in Stores, Grocery Stores & Food Service Businesses

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Effective May 4, 2022

What Do You Need To Know?
Starting May 4, 2022, New Jersey retail stores, grocery stores and food service businesses may not provide or sell single-use plastic carryout bags and polystyrene foam food service products. Single-use paper carryout bags are allowed to be provided or sold, except by grocery stores equal to or larger than 2500 square feet, which may only provide or sell reusable carryout bags. After November 4, 2021, plastic straws may be provided only upon the request of the customer.

What Is A Reusable Carryout Bag?
Under the law (P.L.2020 c.117), a reusable carryout bag is defined as one that:

  1. is made of polypropylene fabric, PET non-woven fabric, nylon, cloth, hemp product, or other washable fabric, and
  2. has stitched handles (either thread or ultrasonic), and
  3. is designed and manufactured for at least 125 reuses.

Where Can A Business Purchase Products Allowed Under The Law?
Businesses may contact any distributor or manufacturer to obtain products that meet the requirements of the law. As a courtesy, the NJ Business Action Center’s website will soon feature an online clearinghouse of wholesale vendors who provide environmentally-sound alternative products. Please check for updates.

What Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products Are Banned?
As of May 4, 2022, all polystyrene foam food service products are banned for use and sale. See side two for a list of exemptions. For more information, please see products.

What Retail And Food Service Establishments Are Affected By This Ban?
For a list of businesses impacted and items banned please go to this link:

Exemptions To The Ban
See lists of exemptions below. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has the ability to determine additional exemptions pursuant to rule, regulation, or guidance. For more information, please see the DEP’s website at

Waivers For Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products
The DEP may, upon written application by a person or food service business, waive the provisions of the polystyrene foam food service product ban for the person or food service business for a period not to exceed one year, if:

  1. there is no feasible and commercially available alternative for a specific polystyrene foam food service product; or
  2. the person or food service business has less than $500,000 in gross annual income and there is no reasonably a!ordable, commercially-available alternative to the polystyrene foam food service product.

For further information on obtaining a waiver, please see the DEP’s website at The DEP may be contacted via email: or phone: +1(609)-984-4250.

Exemptions From Plastic And Paper Carryout Bag And Plastic Straw Bans:

  • Bags used to contain or wrap uncooked meat, fish or poultry.
  • Bags used to package loose items.
  • Bags used to contain live animals.
  • Bags used to contain food sliced or prepared to order, including soup and hot food.
  • Laundry, dry cleaning or garment bags.
  • Bags provided by a pharmacy to carry prescriptions.
  • Newspaper bags
  • Any similar bag, as determined by the Department (DEP) pursuant to rule, regulation, or guidance.
  • Packages of single-use plastic straws and those pre-packaged with items like juice boxes may still be sold in stores.

Who Enforces The Law?
The Department of Environmental Protection, municipalities, and any entity certified by the “County Environmental Health Act”. 1-877-WARN-DEP

Exemptions From The Ban On Polystyrene Foam Food Service Products (All Expire May 4, 2024):

  • Disposable, long-handled polystyrene foam soda spoons when required and used for thick drinks.
  • Portion cups of 2 oz. or less, if used for hot foods or foods requiring lids.
  • Meat and fish trays for raw or butchered meat, including poultry, or fish that is sold from a refrigerator or similar retail appliance.
  • Any food product pre-packaged by the manufacturer with a polystyrene foam food service product.
  • Any other polystyrene foam food service product as determined necessary by the DEP.

What Are The Penalties For Violating The Law?
Beginning May 4, 2022, any person or entity that violates the law shall be subject to:

  • a warning for a first offense.
  • up to $1,000 per day for the second offense
  • up to $5,000 per day for the third and subsequent violations.
  • violations of a continuing nature constitute an additional, separate, and distinct o!ense for each day that is deemed a violation.

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