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Funds for On-Farm Conservation Available to Farmers in Black River Greenway – Applications Due May 3

Funding is available for farmers in the Black River Greenway to implement projects and practices to improve local soil and water quality. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation (NJCF) established a Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funding has been set aside to support conservation efforts in this area, which includes portions of Morris, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. In addition, EQIP funding is available for projects that include forestry practices in the Fox Hill area of Tewksbury Township. The application period for this RCPP-EQIP funding will be open through Friday, May 3, 2019.

Learn more about this program.

Assistance For Forestland Owners in North Jersey to Create Golden-Winged Warbler Habitat – Applications Due March 22

Forestland owners in selected areas of northern New Jersey are invited to apply for assistance to create and improve habitat for Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) and other wildlife on their land. Applications received by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) by March 22, 2019, will be considered for funding.

The Golden-winged Warbler (GWWA) is found in the Appalachian region in the summer months. This species has suffered a 66 percent population decline since the 1960s due to changing habitat. Land located in the Appalachian region that is in or near the Conservation Boundary delineated as GWWA habitat is eligible for WLFW. In New Jersey, this Conservation Boundary occurs in Warren, Sussex, Morris, Passaic and Bergen Counties – view eligible areas online.

A workshop to highlight technical and financial assistance available for forest landowners with forestland within the Conservation Boundary is being planned for March. Contact Nicole Porter at 908-441-7524 or [email protected] for more information about the workshop and to register to attend.

Contact USDA-NRCS, Hackettstown Commerce Park #1, 101 Bilby Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 or (908) 852-2576, ext. 3 to apply for or get more information about Working Lands for Wildlife.

Emergency Loans for Farmers – Applications Due October 4

If you are a farmer who experienced production losses to agricultural commodities that were caused by Hurricane Florence and excessive rain, you may qualify for emergency loans. Applications are being accepted until October 4, 2019.

Please be aware that this qualifies as an Emergency Loan, and would, therefore, require to be repaid. Producers must have production losses to agricultural commodities that were caused by the aforementioned disasters.

  1. Hurricane Florence (Excessive Rain, Moisture, and Storm-force Winds)
    Disaster Date: July 20, 2018 – September 27, 2018
    Primary Disaster Counties: Warren, Sussex, Morris
    Contiguous Disaster Counties: Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, Essex, Passaic
    Contiguous Counties in Adjacent States: NY: Orange, PA: Pike, Monroe, Northampton, Bucks
  2. Excessive Rain and Moisture
    Disaster Date: July 20, 2018 – September 27, 2018
    Primary Disaster Counties: Hunterdon, Somerset
    Contiguous Disaster Counties: Warren, Morris, Union, Middlesex, Mercer
    Contiguous Counties in Adjacent States: PA: Bucks

Morris Preserves its 136th Farm

The Morris County Agriculture Development Board permanently preserved the Young Farm in Chester Township as of July 10, 2018.

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.

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.

Website Makes It Easier for Farmers to Find Land, and Landowners to Find Farmers

The State Agriculture Development Committee’s (SADC’s) NJ Land Link website, www.njlandlink.org, connects farmers who are seeking land or farming opportunities, with those who have farmland or business opportunities available.

Guidebook Explains the Basics of Farm Leases for New Jersey Farmland Owners and Farmers

The State Agriculture Development Committee’s (SADC’s) guidebook, Leasing Farmland in New Jersey, includes information 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 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.

Read more about how to list your agribusiness or farm.