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New Grant Funding Available to Assist New Jersey Farmers Installing Fencing to Protect Crops on Preserved Farms

The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) is offering for the second year in a row, cost-sharing grants to New Jersey 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 eligible farmers for the cost of fencing materials and installation. The maximum grant award is $200 per acre of permanently preserved farmland owned or $20,000 total. The SADC will make at least $740,000 available for the program this fiscal year. The funds will be derived from a portion of the SADC’s state farmland preservation monies that are allocated to promoting stewardship activities on preserved farms.

Applications must be received by the SADC by November 30, 2018.

November 7 – Right-to-Farm Breakfast Talk

Join Hunterdon County on November 7, 7:30-9:00am for “Right-to-Farm Breakfast Talk: Latest updates from the SADC.” Learn about the Right-to-Farm process from start to finish, who the Right-to-Farm Act protects, and more useful information from SADC staff. Get more information about this event and RSVP at 908-788-1490 or [email protected].

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.