NRCS Announces ACEP Signup for 2021 Funding
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). Applications that meet eligibility and ranking criteria for ACEP received by February 5, 2021 will be considered for the 2021 program. Learn more.
“Keeping the Garden in the Garden State” – December 1 and 8
The SADC is partnering with Rutgers Center for Government Services to deliver an online continuing education course for municipal officials called “Keeping the Garden in the Garden State” on December 1st and December 8th, from 10 AM-12 both days.
The course will cover Farmland Preservation basics, common issues, and questions related to the stewardship of preserved farmland and the Right To Farm program.
Please read the course flyer for more details.
USDA to Invest up to $360 Million in Partner-Driven Conservation
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) invited potential conservation partners to submit project applications for federal funding through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS will award up to $360 million dollars to locally driven, public-private partnerships that improve the nation’s water quality, combat drought, enhance soil health, support wildlife habitat and protect agricultural viability.
Secretarial Natural Disaster Designation
On August 28, USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue declared that losses caused by freeze and frost from April 6 – May 15 in Morris County warranted a Secretarial natural disaster designation. Read the letter from Secretary Purdue.
Soil Health & Cover Crop Research Trial – Sign Up!
North Jersey RC&D is inviting farmers, in northern New Jersey, to participate in an innovative cover crop on-farm trial. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for New Jersey Farmers to be supported in trying an advanced soil health practice.
They are seeking twenty-five farmers, with previous cover crop experience, to commit to trying an advanced cover crop management practice during the spring of 2021 and 2022. Applications are open now to farmers located in Warren, Hunterdon, Sussex, Somerset, and Morris counties. We are seeking to conduct research on a wide diversity of farms from small vegetable to large grain operations under both organic and conventional management.
Morris Preserves its 137th Farm
The Morris County Agriculture Development Board permanently preserved the Williams Farm in Mount Olive Township as of May 8, 2020.
- 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.