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Logan Brown retiring from NJDA

Logan Brown, who has been with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture for more than 31 years, will retire from the department on Feb. 1.

A fixture at trade shows and industry events, Brown was instrumental in the development of the Jersey Fresh marketing program during its formative years, a role that he continued throughout his career. Additionally, Brown guided the department's export development initiatives, securing and enhancing new market opportunities for New Jersey agricultural products in foreign markets.Logan201

Born on New Year's Day 1964 in Willingboro, NJ, John Logan Brown has been married to his wife, Kathleen, for 26 years. They reside in Bensalem, PA, about 20 minutes from the New Jersey capital of Trenton. They have two children: Victoria, 26, and Katie, 23.

Brown graduated from Rider College in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in commerce. He joined the New Jersey Department of Agriculture in August 1987 as an agricultural marketing specialist. In March 2003, he was named economic development representative, his title at the time of his upcoming retirement.

"Logan joined the department at a time when the Jersey Fresh program was just getting off of the ground, and he's been a major influence in the program's sustained success in the years since," New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher told The Produce News. "His impact can also be seen in the expansion of demand for New Jersey products into critical markets such as eastern Canada, where a strong interest in Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables continues to this day, thanks in part to his efforts."

More recently, Brown has managed the Specialty Crop Block Grant program on behalf of the department, dispersing federal grant funds to fruit and vegetable commodity groups, Rutgers University researchers and other entities for projects intended to increase consumer demand for New Jersey products.

Additionally, Brown has served as the liaison to the New Jersey blueberry and cranberry industry advisory councils, providing critical support for the marketing and research initiatives of both entities, and managed the department's work with Food Export U.S. Northeast, according to the department.

"Logan was responsible for the development of the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in our state, and ran our Food Export U.S. portfolio of work," Fisher said. "He has been a great asset to the department, and we will miss him."

Tom Beaver, the department's director of marketing, echoed the sentiments of Secretary Fisher.

"On countless occasions, Logan has provided me with the wisdom and insights that he's gained over a truly remarkable career with the department," Beaver noted. "He certainly made my transition into this role much easier two years ago, and has been nothing short of a tremendous colleague and friend ever since."

Brown told The Produce News, "With the NJDA, I am very fortunate to have had a challenging and fulfilling career in marketing, public relations, international marketing, economic development and the brand management and promotion of the successful Jersey Fresh campaign. I have had the good fortune to make many friends, both in Trenton and around the world."

Outside the fresh produce industry, Brown has long had a strong interest in history.

"As a direct descendant of a Continental Army artilleryman -- my 4X great-grandfather, John Brown -- I plan on continuing to be active in the preservation of the memories of the men and the ideals of the American Revolution through the Society of the Cincinnati in the state of New Jersey, which I currently serve as treasurer, and as a board member of both the Sons of the Revolution in the state of New Jersey and the Society of Colonial Wars in the state of New Jersey," he noted.

"I am looking forward to also pursuing my many hobbies, including scale modeling, participation in international online tournaments, woodworking and gardening," he added. "However, my first task in retirement will be the creation of a meticulously planned personal library/media center and workshop."

Brown concluded, "My role model continues to be my father, who also retired from New Jersey state government more than 30 years ago, and at age 86 he is still going strong. I look forward to staying in touch with my many friends and enjoying a more leisurely lifestyle."