New Grant Funding Available to Assist New Jersey Farmers Installing Deer Fencing on Preserved Farms
The SADC is offering a new program to provide cost-sharing grants to farmers to assist with installing deer fencing on permanently preserved farms to protect against crop losses. The SADC will provide 50 percent matching grants to qualifying established farmers for the cost of fencing materials and installation. Applications will be ranked and prioritized for available funding basesd on a number of criteria. The application deadline is March 23, 2017.
RU Ready to Farm™: Specialty Crops Program
NJAES Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Office is hosting a specialty crops course for beginning farmers interested in commercial vegetable production. Following the success of the first RU Ready to Farm™ program, this specialty crops course will be worthwhile for anyone interested in farming. All are welcome to register and those who took part in the first are eligible for a discount. Read on to learn who else is eligible for discounts.
This program is comprised of three days of classes: Saturday, March 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Tuesday, March 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 1 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The classroom portion will take place at the EARTH Center in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick, NJ. Experiential farm field trips are also included.
Farmers’ Guide to Innovative USDA Programs and Resources
Today’s farmers are changing the way we farm and eat in this country. Read the new Farmers’ Guide to Innovative USDA Programs and Resources; it’s for anyone who is farming – or thinking about getting into farming – whether you’re a beginner or just looking to try something new.
Morris Preserves its 131st Farm
The Morris County Agriculture Development Board permanently preserved the Aresty Farm in Chester and Mendham Townships.
- List of Preserved Farms
- Information about Preserved Farms
- Chart – Cumulative Preserved Acres
- Chart – Annual Preserved Acres
- Easement Values (All preserved farms in Morris County)
- List of Farms Pending Preservation
SADC Landowner Guide Available
Recently, there has been significant interest among certain private utility companies, predominantly those related to developing natural gas pipelines and electrical transmission systems, to cross over preserved farmland for the purposes of upgrading or expanding utility system capacity. The SADC has developed a landowner guide to help preserved farmland owners understand the SADC’s procedures for condemnation of preserved farmland.
New Website Makes It Easier for Farmers to Find Land, and Landowners to Find Farmers
The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) announced the launch of NJ Land Link, www.njlandlink.org, a new interactive website that will connect farmers who are seeking land or farming opportunities, with those who have farmland or business opportunities available. Visit NJ Land Link.
New Guidebook Explains the Basics of Farm Leases for New Jersey Farmland Owners and Farmers
The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) announces the publication of a new guidebook, Leasing Farmland in New Jersey, which includes information on getting started, suggestions on creating and maintaining a lease, sample leases, profiles of various leasing arrangements, and additional resources to assist with leasing issues. Download the guidebook.
Promote Your Farm or Event on VisitNJ.org
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture has been in discussions with Grace Hanlon, Director of the state Division of Travel and Tourism, concerning gaining more exposure for our farms and agricultural events on the Division’s very popular and highly-used website www.visitnj.org.