The State Agriculture Development Committee (SADC) is offering a new program to provide 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 qualifying established farmers for the cost of fencing materials and installation. The maximum grant award is $200 per acre of preserved farmland owned or $20,000 total. The SADC will make at least $500,000 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 will be ranked and prioritized for available funding based on criteria including deer density per square mile, crop type to be fenced, hunting status on the farm and adjacent properties, and farmer military status. The ranking system awards additional points to applications from military veteran farmers – those who served at any time since September 11, 2001 and were honorably discharged or released – to support veterans who are transitioning to careers in agriculture. 

For more Information and an Application Click HERE

USDA Gathering New Data on Organic Agriculture Production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States. This effort is critical to help determine the economic impact of certified organic agriculture production in the United States.
Read more about the 2016 Certified Organic Survey