New Jersey to ban automatic fodder machine in rural areas

NEW JERSEY — The New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets will soon begin requiring automatic fodder machines in rural parts of the state to be powered by the electrical grid.

As of June 1, all feedlots, grain elevators, and feedlot storage tanks will be required to have electricity, according to the agency’s new guidance.

The agency said it expects to install 1,000 fuel-efficient electric generators in feedlot elevators in the next year, about a quarter of the required capacity.

In addition, it will install 300 fuel-free electric generators for grain elevator storage tanks.

The rule will take effect Jan. 1, 2022.

Fool’s Gold, the company that makes the automatic fodder system, said it will take about six months to ramp up production of the machines, which have been on the market since 1999.

Fool, which is based in Fort Myers, Fla., said in a statement it is in discussions with the agency to have the machines installed.