Logan Brown is retiring Feb. 1, 2019 from the New Jersey Department of Agriculture. ( Courtesy of New Jersey Department of Agriculture )

After 31 years with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, Logan Brown has decided to retire Feb. 1.

Brown is an economic development specialist who joined the department in 1987, soon after graduating from Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., with a bachelor’s degree in the science of commerce, said Tom Beaver, director of the department’s marketing and development division.

That was also the time when the Jersey Fresh brand marketing program began, the first of its kind nationwide and today the longest running state agricultural branding program.

“He was involved pretty much from day 1, and we’re still using him on this,” said Beaver, Brown’s direct supervisor. “You can certainly see his fingerprints all over the program.”

Brown is also the main point of contact for international marketing development, researching and identifying new markets and expanding existing markets for New Jersey agricultural products.

He is the liaison to several New Jersey produce industry advisory councils, managing the department’s work with Food Export U.S. Northeast, Beaver said.

For the past 10 years, he’s overseen the department’s disbursement of more than $6 million to commodity councils and university researchers studying crop management and health.

“He has deeply rooted relationship with growers across the state,” Beaver said. “He really believes in what he does, and that’s apparent in the results. He’s always been a resource for me.”