The Assembly’s Agriculture and Natural Resource Committee has released a bill to extend the state’s Lemon Law, which protects consumers against faulty new vehicles, to new farm equipment.

“Farming is vital industry for New Jersey, but it’s struggling against a tough economy and encroaching development,” said Assemblyman Whip Wilson, D-Camden, Gloucester. “Anything we can do to help protect farmers from extra costs is a good thing.”

The bill amends the Lemon Law to add new farm equipment bought or leased in the state, including farm tractors — defined as “every motor vehicle designed and used primarily as a farm implement for drawing plows, mowing machines and other implements of husbandry.”

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“Farming is New Jersey’s heritage, but it’s a difficult profession,” Wilson said. “Unforeseen costs from a faulty farm vehicle can be enough to devastate some farmers, so this is simply the right thing to do.”

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