Apply by August 30 for Assistance for Conservation Activities on Agricultural and Forest Land
New Jersey’s State Conservationist Carrie Lindig with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is encouraging agricultural producers and forest land managers to contact their local NRCS office to plan conservation activities for their operations for next year. Applications for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), EQIP Conservation Activity Plans and EQIP Initiatives submitted to local NRCS offices by August 30, 2019, will be considered for Fiscal Year 2020 funding. Read more about the program.
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.
Morris Preserves its 136th Farm
The Morris County Agriculture Development Board permanently preserved the Young Farm in Chester Township as of July 10, 2018.
- 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
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.